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Anna Camp

'Pitch Perfect 3' is a fatally off-key sequel

'Pitch Perfect 3' is a fatally off-key sequel

The trailer for “Pitch Perfect 3” makes it look and sound like a comedy, which puts me in the unfortunate position of announcing that it is nothing of the kind. It’s a tragedy in four-part harmony.

The latest in a once-appealing series of movies about the joys of female friendship, campus rivalry and vocal percussion, it’s a coarse, ugly, pointlessly action-packed reminder that every modestly sharp and amusing property must eventually be converted, by the commercial logic of Hollywood, into a soul-killing cash grab.

I won't dwell on the details. The laziness with which this movie has been slapped together can’t really be described; it can only be emulated. Beca (Anna...