Interest is impeded by the over-singing, sexism, weird plotting and useless characters. Nobody has a fierce moral sense and this wasn't indelibly etched on pop culture. This is not absolutely desirable. TPTB seem to have a persistent desire to annoy the viewer. This was burdensomeness. Nobody is a dispenser of compliments and this was not attractively presented. This was not change-making. Why do the Bellas all live in one house? The Bellas are all unoriginal thinkers addicted to singing covers. Nobody is aspirational. It is abundantly clear that the Bellas sometimes disappoint as they are virulently attached to covers.
The World Championships are full of stereotypes (the Canadians and the British) and sex jokes and racist jokes. The thing is the German team Das Sound Machine ARE better than the Bellas with far far better songs and performances. The Bellas sing an original song and somehow pay for plane tickets to fly out previous Bellas to perform with them. Groan. This was mediocre but still less embarrassing and naff than Celtic Women.
“I don’t speak loser.”
“The most significant conflict between America and Germany in history.”
“Running off stage to take a few more of our jobs.”
“An overweight girl dangling from the ceiling. Who hasn’t had that dream?”
“Go over to Hans Christian Anderson’s house.”
“My brother tried to sell me for a chicken.”
“Which is a real thing apparently.”
“I’ve intentionally failed Russian Lit 3 times so I could be a Bella.”
“I had diarrhoea for 7 years.”
“Everyone has touched you.”
“Smelly and rainy.”
“Those aren’t words.”
“He’s got dreams for it.”
“WE SPIT ON ORIGNINALS!”
Deeply resentful types prowl around the scandal-ridden city. There is a mass murder in a diner. There is corruption and hookers who look like movie stars. Devito is a sleazy reporter, there is death and sleaze and lies. Bud (Crowe) has understandable rage issues. A snotty cop (Pearce) is a strict authoritarian. There are drugs, a tossed drink, unacceptable disloyalty, deeply damaging events, blackmail violence, unexpected consequences, death, cons, betrayals, a fist fight, passionate convictions and shared purpose.
This was good with rackets, social manoeuvring, more death, hypocritical derision, scathing judgement, gunfights and long held distrust in this searing insight into a long gone era.
“America isn’t ready for the real me.”
“Your adherence to violence as a necessary adjunct of the job.”
“Use all necessary force.”
“Came on a bus with dreams of Hollywood and this is how they turned out.”
“You ignorant bastard.”
“Paying the consequences.”
“Stain the department for years.”
“She is Lana Turner.”
Universal Solider (1992)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Jurassic Park III (2001)