Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2 is a 2015 American musical comedy film directed and produced by Elizabeth Banks and written by Kay Cannon. It is a sequel to the 2012 film Pitch Perfect and the second installment in the Pitch Perfect film series. The film centers on the fictional Barden University Bellas, an all-female a cappella singing group, who try to beat out the German national team in a world singing championship. The film features an ensemble cast, including Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Hana Mae Lee, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, and Shelley Regner, as well as Skylar Astin, Ben Platt, Adam DeVine, John Michael Higgins, and Banks all reprising their roles. It was released in the United States on May 15, 2015 by Universal Pictures.

The film received generally positive reviews from critics and grossed over $287 million worldwide. It surpassed the total gross of the original film ($115.4 million) in five days, and also became the highest-grossing music comedy film of all-time, overtaking School of Rock ($131.3 million).[5] A sequel, Pitch Perfect 3, was released on December 22, 2017.[6][7]

Pitch Perfect 2
Pitch Perfect 2 poster
Teaser poster
Directed byElizabeth Banks
Produced by
Written byKay Cannon
Starring
Music byMark Mothersbaugh
CinematographyJim Denault
Edited byCraig Alpert
Production
company
Gold Circle Films
Brownstone Productions
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • April 20, 2015 (Las Vegas)
  • May 15, 2015 (United States)
Running time
115 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$29–31 million[2][3]
Box office$287.5 million[4]

Plot

Three years after winning the previous competition, the Barden Bellas are now led by senior Beca Mitchell and three-time super senior Chloe Beale. The Bellas have become ICCA champions each of these three years. However, the group becomes involved in a national scandal (dubbed "Muffgate") when Patricia "Fat Amy" Hobart accidentally rips her pants in front of U.S. President Obama during a performance on his birthday at the Kennedy Center, showing her genitalia to the public as she did not wear underwear. This scandal leads to the Bellas' suspension from the ICCAs. Beca makes a deal to allow the Bellas to be reinstated should they win the World Championship of a cappella.

Freshman Emily Junk begins her college career, hoping to follow in the footsteps of her mother Katherine by being a Bella. At orientation, she watches an a cappella performance by the Treblemakers, now led by Beca's boyfriend Jesse Swanson. Benjamin "Benji" Applebaum, Jesse's best friend, overhears Emily, leading to a crush on her.

The Bellas learn that Das Sound Machine (DSM), a German powerhouse group, have replaced the Bellas on their victory tour. Additionally, Beca has started an internship at a recording studio, Residual Heat, something only Jesse knows.

Emily goes to the Bellas' sorority house to audition for them because of their absence from the auditions. When she sings her unfinished song "Flashlight," she succeeds in joining the Bellas.

At a car show where the ICCA winners are due to perform, the Bellas scout their replacements, DSM, led by intimidating duo Pieter Krämer and Kommissar, who take delight in mocking the all-girl group. Later, the Bellas are invited to an exclusive riff-off against DSM. Also in attendance are the Treblemakers and the Tone Hangers (a group of former Treblemakers, including former Treblemakers leader Bumper Allen), as well as a group calling themselves the Green Bay Packers. The Bellas make it to the final two, but end up losing to DSM in the final round when a nervous Emily flubs an attempt to sing "Flashlight," her original song not from the right category ("90's Hip-Hop Jamz").

The next day at the warmups, the Bellas' chances of winning end in disaster when the performance sets Cynthia Rose Adams's hair on fire by pyrotechnics. Even before then, John and Gail question the Bellas' identity. In order to regain harmony and sync, Chloe takes them to a retreat led by former leader Aubrey Posen. Beca starts a heated debate with Chloe over herself being the only one thinking about life beyond the Bellas and Chloe's obsession with winning Worlds.

To prove to her boss that she can produce music well, Beca offers Emily to produce "Flashlight" at the studio. The group realizes that they will no longer be together and may go their separate ways after graduation, and regain harmony by singing "Cups (When I'm Gone)." At the studio, Emily and Beca present their song to Beca's boss, in which he demonstrates envy for their talent and looks forward to producing with them.

The senior Bellas graduate and they all head off to Copenhagen for the World Finals, with Jesse and Benji to cheer them on. They perform a harmonized version of "Flashlight" with Aubrey, Katherine, and other past Bellas joining in. The Bellas win the championship and repair their damaged legacy. As the senior Bellas leave Barden, they give Emily a belated proper initiation with Fat Amy showing her how to do the last tradition: christening the house by sliding down the staircase.

In a mid-credits scene, Bumper performs on The Voice, chooses Christina Aguilera as his coach and makes her uncomfortable when he gives her an oddly lengthy hug.

Cast

The Barden Bellas

  • Anna Kendrick as Beca Mitchell, the senior leader of the Bellas, known for creating the unique modern-day sound of the Bellas. She is an aspiring record producer and is now an intern at Residual Heat, a record label.
  • Brittany Snow as Chloe Beale, the three-time super senior with a Type A personality who is the co-leader of the Bellas.
  • Rebel Wilson as Patricia "Fat Amy" Hobart, a senior Bella from Australia who is confident and describes herself as the best singer in Tasmania
  • Hana Mae Lee as Lilly Onakuramara, a senior Bella known for her quiet speaking voice, odd remarks, and beat-boxing.
  • Alexis Knapp as Stacie Conrad, a senior Bella known for being overly sexual.
  • Ester Dean as Cynthia Rose Adams, a tough senior Bella known for her strong urban vocal skills.
  • Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Junk, a freshman legacy Bella who is an aspiring songwriter, and Benji's love interest. Her mother was also a Barden Bella, giving her the legacy status.
  • Chrissie Fit as Flo Fuentes, a senior Bella who joined the group her sophomore year when she came to Barden University from Guatemala.
  • Kelley Jakle as Jessica, a senior Bella.
  • Shelley Regner as Ashley, a senior Bella.

Additional characters

  • Skylar Astin as Jesse Swanson, the leader of the Treblemakers and Beca's boyfriend.
  • Adam DeVine as Bumper Allen, Fat Amy's love interest, former leader of the Treblemakers and current member of Tone Hangers. After working for John Mayer, he returns to Barden University as a security guard.
  • Anna Camp as Aubrey Posen, former leader of the Bellas, now runs the Lodge of Fallen Leaves.
  • Ben Platt as Benji Applebaum, a senior Treblemaker, Jesse's best friend and Emily's love interest.
  • Birgitte Hjort Sørensen as Kommissar, Das Sound Machine's leader.
  • Flula Borg as Pieter Krämer, Das Sound Machine's 'second in command'
  • Katey Sagal as Katherine Junk, Emily's mother and a former Bella.
  • John Michael Higgins as John Smith, an a cappella competition commentator.
  • Elizabeth Banks as Gail Abernathy-McKadden-Feinberger, an a cappella competition commentator.
  • Keegan-Michael Key as Sammy, Beca's boss at Residual Heat, a rude but successful producer.
  • Shawn Carter Peterson as Dax, an intern at Residual Heat.
  • David Cross (credited as Sir Willups Brightlysmore) as the Riff-Off host.
  • Reggie Watts, John Hodgman, Jason Jones and Joe Lo Truglio as Tone Hanger singers.
  • Pentatonix as Team Canada
  • Penn Masala as Team India
  • Filharmonic as Team Philippines

Green Bay Packers players Clay Matthews, David Bakhtiari, Don Barclay, Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang play themselves in cameos. Also appearing as themselves are Snoop Dogg, Natalie Morales, Jake Tapper, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Jimmy Kimmel, Rosie O'Donnell, Rosie Perez, Nicolle Wallace, Jordan Rodgers, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams. Robin Roberts, C.J. Perry and Kether Donohue appear as Legacy Bellas during the finale. Additionally, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Shonda Rhimes briefly appear via archive footage.

Production

In December 2012, Skylar Astin revealed that he and Rebel Wilson have had meetings with Universal Studios about the potential sequel.[8] In April 2013, it was confirmed that a sequel would be released in 2015.[9] Elizabeth Banks directed the sequel, and Kay Cannon returned as screenwriter.[10] Paul Brooks produced for Gold Circle Films with Banks and Max Handelman producing for Brownstone Productions.[10] Deke Sharon returned as vocal producer, and has a brief cameo as a German reporter.[11] As in the first movie, they ran a month of "a cappella boot camp" before filming.[12]

Casting

Anna Kendrick and Wilson returned to the cast early in 2014 to play the characters they originated in the first film.[13] Brittany Snow reprised her character.[14] On April 24, Chrissie Fit was added to the cast.[15] On May 1, Hailee Steinfeld was added to the cast, playing a new member of the Barden Bellas.[16] On May 5, Adam DeVine was reported to return in the film.[17] On May 14, Katey Sagal was added to the cast, playing Steinfeld's character's mother.[18] On May 29, Flula Borg was added to the cast.[19] He played the leader of a European a cappella group, Das Sound Machine, that competed with the Bellas.[20] It was confirmed on June 18, 2014 that Christopher Shepard was added to the cast.[21] It was confirmed on June 19, 2014 that Pentatonix would play the role of a rival group to the Barden Bellas.[22] It was later confirmed that The Filharmonic from season 4 of The Sing Off would make a cameo appearance as a rival group from the Philippines.[23] On August 24, 2014 it was announced that Penn Masala,[24] the all-male Hindi a cappella group from director Elizabeth Banks's and producer Max Handelman's alma mater The University of Pennsylvania, would be featured as a team from Southeast Asia.[25] On June 25, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen was confirmed added to the cast.[26]

Filming

On May 21, 2014, principal photography began at Louisiana State University (LSU) campus in Baton Rouge.[27]

Music

On December 3, 2014, Mark Mothersbaugh was hired to compose the music for the film.[28] The official soundtrack was released on May 12, 2015.[29] The special edition soundtrack was later released on August 8, 2015.[30]

The original album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, earning 107,000 album-equivalent units (92,000 copies of traditional sales) in the week ending May 17, 2015.[31]

No.TitleMusicLength
1."Universal Fanfare"0:33
2."Kennedy Center Performance (We Got the World/Timber/America the Beautiful/Wrecking Ball)"The Barden Bellas2:27
3."Lollipop"The Treblemakers2:43
4."Car Show (Uprising/Tsunami)"Das Sound Machine1:47
5."Winter Wonderland/Here Comes Santa Claus"3:04
6."Riff Off (Thong Song/(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty/Low/Bootylicious/Baby Got Back/Live Like You Were Dying/Before He Cheats/A Thousand Miles/We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together/What's Love Got to Do with It/This Is How We Do It/Doo Wop (That Thing)/Poison/Scenario/Insane in the Brain/Flashlight)"
4:24
7."Jump"
  • Das Sound Machine
  • Tone Hangers
  • The Treblemakers
  • Green Bay Packers
1:16
8."Convention Performance (Promises/Problem)"The Barden Bellas1:41
9."Back to Basics (Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy/You Can't Hurry Love/Lady Marmalade/MMMBop/My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It))"The Barden Bellas1:30
10."Cups ("When I'm Gone") [Campfire Version]"The Barden Bellas0:45
11."We Belong"3:34
12."Any Way You Want It (World Championship Medley)"
1:56
13."World Championship Finale 1 (My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)/All I Do Is Win)"Das Sound Machine2:01
14."World Championship Finale 2 (Run the World (Girls)/Where Them Girls At/Lady Marmalade/We Belong/Timber/Flashlight)"The Barden Bellas4:16
15."Crazy Youngsters"Ester Dean3:39
16."Pitch Perfect 2 End Credit Medley"Mark Mothersbaugh3:00
17."Flashlight"Jessie J3:29
18."All of Me (Bumper's Audition)"Adam DeVine1:27
Total length:43:32[29][32]
Weekly charts
Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[33] 3
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[34] 11
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[35] 144
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[36] 3
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[37] 12
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[38] 8
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[39] 26
Taiwanese Albums (Five Music)[40] 1
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[41] 1
US Billboard 200[42] 1
US Vinyl Albums (Billboard)[43] 1
Year-end charts
Chart (2015) Position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[44] 27
US Billboard 200[45] 52

Release

The film was released on May 7, 2015 in Australia and New Zealand, and May 15 in the United States and Canada.[46]

Marketing

A still from the rehearsals for the film was revealed on May 16, 2014.[47] The poster was released on November 18, 2014 and the trailer came out the following day. A second trailer was aired during Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015.[48]

Home media

Director Elizabeth Banks stated an additional performance by the Treblemakers was filmed specifically for the DVD release. Also included on the DVD will be deleted scenes.[49] On May 20, 2015, it was announced that FX Networks had acquired U.S. television broadcasting rights to the film.[50]

The Blu-ray and DVD editions of Pitch Perfect 2 were released on September 22, 2015 in the U.S.[51] with a Target-exclusive edition containing additional bonus features being released the same day.[52] Pitch Perfect 2 was released on 4K UHD Blu-Ray on March 10, 2018.[53]

Reception

Box office

Pitch Perfect 2 grossed $184.2 million in North America and $103.2 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $287.5 million, against an estimated gross production budget of $29[2][4]-31 million, and the film was offered up to $8.9 million in production incentives and write-offs by the state of Louisiana.[3] In its first five days, the film surpassed the total gross of the original ($115.4 million), and also overtook School of Rock ($131.3 million) for the highest grossing musical-comedy of all-time and the second greatest musical debut ever (behind Beauty and the Beast's $174.8 million in 2017).[5] Deadline Hollywood calculated the net profit of the film to be $139.6 million, when factoring together all expenses and revenues for the film.[54]

In the United States and Canada, Pitch Perfect 2 grossed $4.6 million from Thursday night showings and $27.8 million on its opening day, increasing the opening weekend projections from $40 million to $64 million.[55] In its opening weekend, the film grossed $69.2 million, finishing first at the box office.[56] The opening weekend gross was more than the entire North American total gross of the first film ($65 million), is the third biggest PG-13 comedy opening of all-time (behind The Simpsons Movie's $74 million in 2007 and Austin Powers in Goldmember's $73 million in 2002) and the highest grossing opening ever for a musical.[57]

Outside North America, the film opened at number one in Australia and New Zealand, earning $7.6 million and $1.2 million respectively.[58] The film grossed $22.1 million in Australia, $27.3 million in the United Kingdom and $2.7 million in New Zealand.

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 65% based on 197 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Pitch Perfect 2 sings in sweet comedic harmony, even if it doesn't hit quite as many high notes as its predecessor."[59] On Metacritic, the film holds weighted average score of 63 out of 100, based on 39 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[60] In CinemaScore polls conducted during the opening weekend, cinema audiences gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale.[61]

Accolades

Billboard Music Awards

Teen Choice Awards

People's Choice Awards

Kids Choice Awards

  • Favorite Movie (lost to Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
  • Favorite Movie Actress (Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, lost to Jennifer Lawrence)

MTV Movie Awards

Sequel

On April 11, 2015, a month before the release of the Pitch Perfect 2, it was announced that Rebel Wilson would return for a third film, although she stated that she did not know if Anna Kendrick or any of the other cast members would also be reprising their roles. She added that she would be "up for a Fat Amy spin-off," although nothing had yet been confirmed.[62] Director, star, and producer Elizabeth Banks acknowledged the possibility of a third film, saying, "I will say, it would be disingenuous to say that no one's talking about a Pitch Perfect 3; the possibility of it. We are really focused on getting as many butts in seats for this one. If fans embrace it, we are going to seriously think about what the continuing journey would look like, but we don’t know what that is yet".[63]

On June 10, 2015, a third film was officially confirmed, with Kay Cannon returning to write the script.[64] Several days later it was announced both Kendrick and Wilson would reprise their roles, and later Brittany Snow was also confirmed to return.[6] Banks returned to produce, but in June 2016 it was announced she would not be directing the film.[65]

The film was originally slated for a July 21, 2017 release, and was later pushed back to August 4, 2017 before moving back to the July 21 slot.[7] In May 2016 it was moved again, this time being pushed back to December 22, 2017.[66]

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External links

2015 Teen Choice Awards

The 2015 Teen Choice Awards ceremony was held on August 16, 2015 at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. The awards celebrate the year's achievements in music, film, television, sports, fashion, comedy, video games, and the Internet, and were voted on by viewers aged 13 through 20.

One Direction were the biggest winners of the night, winning eight of their ten nominations. Pretty Little Liars came in second by winning six of its ten nominations and Pitch Perfect 2 came in third, winning five of its ten nominations. Britney Spears was awarded with the "Candie's Choice Style Icon".

2016 MTV Movie Awards

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Adam DeVine

Adam Patrick DeVine (born November 7, 1983) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer, and singer. He is one of the stars and co-creators of the Comedy Central series Workaholics, as well as Adam DeVine's House Party.He plays the role of Bumper in the musical films Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 and Andy in the sitcom Modern Family. His other roles include Neighbors, The Intern, The Final Girls, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Game Over, Man! and When We First Met. He has voiced characters in films including Ice Age: Collision Course and The Lego Batman Movie. DeVine has voiced characters on animated series Uncle Grandpa, Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero, and Vampirina.

Alexis Knapp

Alexis Merizalde Knapp (born July 31, 1989) is an American actress and singer. She is known for her role as Stacie Conrad in the musical films Pitch Perfect (2012) and its two sequels, Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) and Pitch Perfect 3 (2017). She is also known for her role of Alexis in the party film Project X (2012), and her role on the first season of the TBS comedy Ground Floor.

Anna Camp

Anna Ragsdale Camp (born September 27, 1982) is an American actress and singer.

She is perhaps best known for her roles as the villainous Sarah Newlin in the HBO vampire drama True Blood and Aubrey Posen in the musical comedy films Pitch Perfect (2012), Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), and Pitch Perfect 3 (2017). She has had recurring roles in the television series Mad Men, The Good Wife, and The Mindy Project. She made her Broadway debut in the 2008 production of A Country House and played Jill Mason in the 2008 Broadway revival of Peter Shaffer's Equus. In 2012, she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her performance in the Off-Broadway play All New People. Camp also played Jane Hollander, a researcher for the fictitious News of the Week magazine, in the Amazon series Good Girls Revolt and had minor roles in the drama The Help (2011) and the Woody Allen film Café Society (2016).

Any Way You Want It

"Any Way You Want It" is a song by American rock band Journey. It was released in February 1980 as the lead single from their sixth studio album Departure. Written by lead singer Steve Perry and guitarist Neal Schon, it peaked at number 23 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

It appears on all four of the band's live albums (Captured, Greatest Hits Live, Live in Houston 1981: The Escape Tour, and Revelation on DVD). Since its release, the song has continued to infiltrate public consciousness through its use in numerous movies (notably Caddyshack, Pitch Perfect 2 and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted), television series, and advertisements.

Ben Platt (actor)

Benjamin Schiff Platt (born September 24, 1993) is an American actor, singer and songwriter. He began his career in theater as a child and has appeared in Broadway productions of The Music Man (2002), The Book of Mormon (2012–2013), and Dear Evan Hansen (2015–2017), receiving multiple accolades for his performance as the title character in the latter, including the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Platt's film credits include roles in Pitch Perfect (2012), Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), and Ricki and the Flash (2015).

In 2017, Platt signed with Atlantic Records and is scheduled to release his debut studio album, Sing to Me Instead, in March 2019.

Brittany Snow

Brittany Anne Snow (born March 9, 1986) is an American actress, producer, director and singer. She began her career as Susan "Daisy" Lemay on the CBS series Guiding Light (1998–2002) for which she won a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress and was nominated for two other Young Artist Awards and a Soap Opera Digest Award. She then played the protagonist Meg Pryor on the NBC series American Dreams (2002–2005) for which she was nominated for a Young Artist Award and three Teen Choice Awards.

Her subsequent television roles have included Ariel Alderman on Nip/Tuck (2005) and Jenna Backstrom on Harry's Law (2011). Her film roles include Kate Spencer in John Tucker Must Die (2006), Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray (2007), Donna Keppel in Prom Night (2008), Emma Gainsborough in The Vicious Kind (2009), and Chloe Beale in the musical comedies Pitch Perfect (2012), Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), and Pitch Perfect 3 (2017).

Snow is also the co-creator of the Love is Louder movement, a project dedicated to stop bullying in schools.

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Irene Banks (née Mitchell; born February 10, 1974) is an American actress, director, and producer. She is known for her starring role as Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games film series (2012–2015) and as Gail Abernathy-McKadden in the Pitch Perfect film series (2012–2017). She made her directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), whose $69 million opening-weekend gross set a record for a first-time director.Banks made her film debut in the low-budget independent film Surrender Dorothy (1998). She starred in the films Wet Hot American Summer (2001), Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy (2002–2007), Seabiscuit (2003), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Slither (2006), Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), Role Models (2008), The Next Three Days (2010), Man on a Ledge (2012), What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012), The Lego Movie (2014), Love & Mercy (2014), Magic Mike XXL (2015), and Power Rangers (2017).

On television, Banks had a recurring role as Avery Jessup on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, which earned her two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. She also had recurring roles on the comedy series Scrubs and Modern Family, the latter of which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. Banks starred in the Netflix miniseries Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015) and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (2017).

As of July 2018, Box Office Mojo ranked Banks as the 30th-highest-grossing actor of all time, and the ninth-highest-grossing female actor.

Ester Dean

Esther Renay Dean, known professionally as Ester Dean, (born April 15, 1986) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Dean has also written songs for many artists, with numerous Top 10 hits, including No. 1 hits for Rihanna and Katy Perry, earning the name “The Song Factory”.

In 2011, Dean contributed to the soundtrack for the animated film, Rio by Blue Sky Studios.

At the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, Dean was nominated for Album of the Year as a producer on Rihanna's album Loud.

In 2012, she voiced two of the characters in the fourth film in the Ice Age franchise, Ice Age: Continental Drift, and also wrote a song for the movie, entitled "We Are (Family)". Dean made her acting debut in the film Pitch Perfect (2012) as Cynthia-Rose Adams, a role she reprised for the sequels, Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) and Pitch Perfect 3 (2017).

Flashlight (Jessie J song)

"Flashlight" is a song recorded by British singer and songwriter Jessie J for the soundtrack to the film Pitch Perfect 2 (2015). The song was written by Sia Furler, Sky Montique, Christian Guzman, Jason Moore and Sam Smith. The song was originally obtained when one pre-ordered the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack in the United States, beginning on 23 April 2015; it later became available for download on its own. "Flashlight" was released in the United Kingdom on 11 May 2015 both on the soundtrack and as a stand-alone single. "Flashlight" was particularly successful in Australia, peaking at number two, and number seven in New Zealand.

Hailee Steinfeld performs a version of "Flashlight" titled the "Sweet Life Mix" in the film Pitch Perfect 2. Her cover of the song is included on the special edition of the film's soundtrack as well as Japanese version of Steinfeld's debut EP, Haiz (2015).

Flula Borg

Flula Borg (born March 28, 1982) is a German actor, musician, comedian, and DJ who is also known simply as Flula (sometimes stylized as f|u|a) or DJ Flula. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California. Borg has acted in several feature films, including Pitch Perfect 2, and a number of popular TV shows, including Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Good Place. He has made multiple appearances on Conan and has participated in a number of other projects with Conan O'Brien. Across a wide variety of projects, he has collaborated with well-known YouTuber personalities such as Rhett and Link, Miranda Sings, and Smosh, as well as mainstream celebrities including Sir Mix-A-Lot, Ed Helms, and Dirk Nowitzki. In 2015, he was named one of The Hollywood Reporter's Top 25 Digital Stars as well as one of Variety's 10 Comics to Watch.

Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld (born December 11, 1996) is an American actress and singer. Her breakthrough role was that of Mattie Ross in True Grit (2010), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Thereafter, Steinfeld gained prominence for roles in Ender's Game (2013), Romeo & Juliet (2013), Begin Again (2013), and 3 Days to Kill (2014). She appeared as Emily Junk in Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) and Pitch Perfect 3 (2017), and received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for her role as Nadine Franklin in The Edge of Seventeen (2016). In 2018, Steinfeld voiced Gwen Stacy in the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and starred in Bumblebee, contributing to the latter's soundtrack.

Steinfeld made her breakthrough in music after performing "Flashlight" in Pitch Perfect 2, signing with Republic Records soon after and releasing her debut single, "Love Myself", followed by her debut extended play Haiz (2015). She has since released a series of singles, including including "Starving", a collaboration with both Grey and Zedd, which peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, and "Let Me Go", a collaboration with Alesso, Florida Georgia Line and Watt, which peaked at number 14 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart.

Hana Mae Lee

Hana Mae Lee (born September 28, 1988) is an American actress, model, comedian, and fashion designer. She is best known for playing Lilly Onakuramara in the 2012 film Pitch Perfect and its sequels, Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) and Pitch Perfect 3 (2017). She also owns her own fashion line titled Hanamahn.

Keegan-Michael Key

Keegan-Michael Key (born March 22, 1971) is an American actor, comedian, writer and producer. He starred in the Comedy Central sketch series Key & Peele (2012–2015) and co-starred in the USA Network comedy series Playing House (2014–2017). He spent six seasons as a cast member on Mad TV (2004–2009) and has made several guest appearances on the U.S. version of Whose Line is it Anyway? on The CW. He also appeared in the first season of the FX series Fargo in 2014, and had a recurring role on the sixth and seventh seasons of Parks and Recreation from 2013–2015. He hosted the U.S. version of The Planet's Funniest Animals on Animal Planet from 2005 until the series' end in 2008.

He has had supporting roles in several films, including Let's Be Cops (2014), Tomorrowland (2015) and Pitch Perfect 2 (2015). Also in 2015, Key appeared at the White House Correspondents' Dinner as the character Luther, President Barack Obama's anger translator. He produced and starred in the 2016 film Keanu with his Key & Peele co-star Jordan Peele. In 2017, Key made his Broadway debut in Steve Martin's comedy Meteor Shower.

Kelley Jakle

Kelley Alice Jakle (born June 27, 1989) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is best known for her role as Jessica in Pitch Perfect (2012), and its two sequels Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) and Pitch Perfect 3 (2017). She is also known for her appearances on the first and second seasons of The Sing-Off in 2009 and 2010.

Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect is a 2012 American comedy film directed by Jason Moore and written by Kay Cannon. It features an ensemble cast, including Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Hana Mae Lee, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean, Adam DeVine, Ben Platt, John Michael Higgins, and Elizabeth Banks. The plot follows Barden University's all-girl a cappella group, The Barden Bellas, as they compete against another a cappella group from their college to win Nationals. The film is loosely adapted from Mickey Rapkin's non-fiction book, titled Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate a Cappella Glory. Filming concluded in December 2011, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.The film premiered in Los Angeles on September 24, 2012 and was released on September 28, 2012 in the United States. The film received positive reviews from critics and became a sleeper hit, earning over $115 million worldwide. It is the first film in the film series and was followed by two sequels, Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) and Pitch Perfect 3 (2017).

Pitch Perfect 2 (soundtrack)

Pitch Perfect 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack album to the 2015 musical comedy film Pitch Perfect 2. It was released on May 12, 2015. Mark Mothersbaugh was hired to compose the music for the film on December 3, 2014. The album was preceded by Flashlight as the lead single, which was initially offered with the album's pre-order, but was made available eventually in April 23, 2015. The special edition was later released on August 8, 2015.

Skylar Astin

Skylar Astin Lipstein (born September 23, 1987) is an American actor, model and singer. He became known for portraying Jesse Swanson in the musical films Pitch Perfect (2012) and Pitch Perfect 2 (2015). He was also in the original cast of the Broadway musical Spring Awakening, and has since appeared in films such as Hamlet 2 (2008), Taking Woodstock (2009), Cavemen (2013), and 21 & Over (2013).

Special edition
No.TitleMusicLength
1."Universal Fanfare"0:33
2."Kennedy Center Performance (We Got the World/Timber/America The Beautiful/Wrecking Ball)"The Barden Bellas2:27
3."Bang Bang"3:19
4."Lollipop"The Treblemakers2:43
5."Change Your Life"Iggy Azalea (feat. T.I.)3:41
6."Sunshine"Teddybears3:20
7."Car Show (Uprising/Tsunami)"Das Sound Machine1:47
8."A Different Beat"Little Mix3:27
9."Winter Wonderland/Here Comes Santa Claus"3:04
10."Riff Off (Thong Song/(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty/Low/Bootylicious/Baby Got Back/Live Like You Were Dying/Before He Cheats/A Thousand Miles/We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together/What's Love Got to Do with It/This Is How We Do It/Doo Wop (That Thing)/Poison/Scenario/Insane in the Brain/Flashlight)"
4:24
11."Jump"
  • Das Sound Machine
  • Tone Hangers
  • The Treblemakers
  • Green Bay Packers
1:16
12."Convention Performance (Promises/Problem)"The Barden Bellas1:41
13."Back to Basics (Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy/You Can't Hurry Love/Lady Marmalade/MMMBop/My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It))"The Barden Bellas1:30
14."Cups ("When I'm Gone") [Campfire Version]"The Barden Bellas0:45
15."We Belong"3:34
16."Any Way You Want It (World Championship Medley)"
1:56
17."World Championship Finale 1 (My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)/All I Do Is Win)"Das Sound Machine2:01
18."World Championship Finale 2 (Run the World (Girls)/Where Them Girls At/Lady Marmalade/We Belong/Timber/Flashlight)"The Barden Bellas4:16
19."Crazy Youngsters"Ester Dean3:39
20."Heartbreak Dream"Betty Who3:38
21."Pitch Perfect 2 End Credit Medley"Mark Mothersbaugh3:00
22."Flashlight"Jessie J3:29
23."All of Me (Bumper's Audition)"Adam DeVine1:27
24."Flashlight (Sweet Life Mix)"Hailee Steinfeld2:58
25."Any Way You Want It"Pentatonix2:30
26."Flashlight (Rebel Mix)"Jessie J3:41
27."Jungle"The Barden Bellas0:32
Total length:70:38[30]
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