The much-anticipated sequel to a capella comedy “Pitch Perfect” is out Thursday, and the Barden Bellas (minus Anna Camp, whose projectile-vomiting character graduated) are back in full force.
The movie, directed by Elizabeth Banks (who also reprises her role as one-half of the catty a capella commenting duo in the film) is packed with aca-mazing musical performances — here’s the audio for some of the best.
‘Kennedy Center Performance’
This opening number sees the Bellas performing for the Obamas (in a hilariously obvious stock-video cutaway). Midway through, Rebel Wilson’s Fat Amy descends from the ceiling during a rendition of “Wrecking Ball, ” and a wardrobe malfunction (later dubbed “Muffgate”) proceeds to derail the event.
As the Bellas are sidelined due to their humiliating Kennedy Center fail, guy group the Treblemakers take center stage during orientation as the school year gets under way at Barden. This dude rendition of the Mika song would make it super-creepy if not for the sheer adorable dorkiness of the group.
‘Car Show: Uprising/Tsunami’
The Bellas, who plan to attend the world a capella competition in Copenhagen, come face to face with their biggest threat in this number, where the formidable German group Das Sound Machine kills it with a performance of a Muse song.
Anna Kendrick’s character Beca gets an internship with a music production company, where her boss is played by none other than Keegan-Michael Key; he’s trying to figure out how to make Snoop Dogg’s upcoming Christmas album sound new and different, and Beca busts out with this song.
Comedian David Cross shows up midway through the flick as an eccentric millionaire who’s the self-proclaimed biggest a capella fan in the world. He hosts a throwdown in his mansion, which features a ’90s-jam competition, of which the highlight (if not the winner) is the Green Bay Packers singing “Bootylicious.”
Continuing the ’90s jam-off, Das Sound Machine jumps into the action with their Teutonic take on House of Pain.
Fat Amy and Bumper (Adam DeVine) continue their flirtation in the sequel, but finally it’s time for Amy to make a choice: Is she willing to give up her lone-wolf status for the love of a good — if awkward — man? As she paddles (very, very slowly) across a lake serenading him with this Pat Benatar classic, the answer’s clear.
‘World Championship Final’
The Bellas open their big number at the championship with a snapping, clapping ode to the “Cups” routine that won Beca her spot in the Bellas in the original film. They follow it up with a heartfelt ode to the ladies in “Run the World, ” which segues into “Where Them Girls At” and, finally, a reprise of Fat Amy’s Benatar moment.