Bumper Allen (Adam Devine) met music producer Thea for the first time on Peacock’s Pitch (Lera Abova) Perfect: Trying his luck in Berlin
, she is skeptical about his chances of becoming a singer. She bluntly declares that he has a “backpfeifengesicht – a face worthy of a slap.”
My round cheeks, plus my whole personality . In fact, Bumper’s penchant for spanking is exactly what made him so funny in the first Pitch Perfect – his ever-present smirk and bullying ways Not only is he easy to hate, but fun to be against.
Pitch Perfect: Bumpers of Berlin
Bottom line Tired A tiresome extension of the franchise.
Wednesday, November 23(Peacock) Cast:
Adam Deva Well, Flula Borg, Sarah Hyland, Lera Abova, Jameela Jamil
Megan Amram, Bank Elizabeth
However, as Bumper As we all know, not every member of the ensemble is destined to break out as a solo, unfortunately, as proved in his TV spin-off series of the same name.The series stars Megan Amram and Elizabeth Banksy, not without its charms; it benefits from an in-game cast and a handful of decent laughs. But they’re stretched too thin in a pointless series with few fresh ideas and a tiresome
Despite Trying Your Luck in Berlin At Pitch Perfect The movie came out a few years later, and Bumper Allen hasn’t changed much since the second one. In Todd Straw In the premiere, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, he’s still working as a security guard at Barden University, his hopes of making a name for himself in the music industry fading. Then there’s Pieter (Flula Borg) – previously featured in Pitch Perfect 2
as part of Das Sound Machine, “The a cappella opponent is my former An a cappella counterpart to a cappella,” as Bumper helpfully recalls — the call offered an unexpected offer. Bumper’s TikToks went viral in Germany without his knowledge, and Pieter wants to manage his real success.
Bumper in Berlin inherits from Pitch Perfect comedic tradition, pretending to be a cappella than any real person in the real world would reasonably believe it is. As it turns out, Pieter had ulterior motives in luring Bumper across the Atlantic: Bumper’s stardom was also a redemptive hand for Pieter, who never recovered from the cheating scandal that turned Das Sound Machine into “Germany’s second biggest disgrace.” (To which Bumper responds, “What is Germany’s first great—oh. Yes.”) If Pieter’s career is on the line, so is his ever-loyal sidekick, Heidi (Sarah Hyland). Once Pieter manages to convince his sister Thea to work with them, supportive or not, so does hers.
As the chart for the six-and-a-half-hour episode shows, Bumper’s path to success makes a little sense. Surely a super specific Unity Day concert slot isn’t the only
way to start an entertainment business in the age of social media? Surely no one really expects Bumper or anyone else to write an original hit in one day? But it’s good enough as an excuse to string together a range of musical numbers, from acoustic ballads to Gaga-style pop compositions. (The latter is provided by Bumper’s rival Gisela, played by Jameela Jamil in Titania mode .) In a Pitch Perfect project, an art gallery performance of “Barbie Girls” captures the unique ability of a cappella to instantly look Totally cringe-worthy and kind-hearted cool.
The plot also produced endless jokes, some of which were very funny – I laughed out loud at the morbid burn of an avant-garde artist (guest star Udo Kier) over a routine interaction The response is “I wish I could say it’s fun, but then, what’s fun?” Yet too many punchlines come down to “Germans, am I right?” or “Americans, am I right?” Right?” On more than one occasion, Bumper asked in disbelief, “Are you serious?” only to be told, “I’m German, of course I’m serious!”
If nothing else, Bumper in Berlin
does provide a solid showcase for Borg as a rising comedy star. The clumsy but imposing Pieter introduced in Pitch Perfect 2 has been softened, goofier and more serious. He’s especially touching in scenes that rely on the sibling dynamic between Pieter and Abova’s effortlessly cool Thea, and his earthy enthusiasm almost sells things like “All you need to do is ask yourself, will I or won’t I? “Such a moaning line.
The series also gave Hyland ample opportunity to show off her very beautiful singing voice – even if she wanted to – did they – or wouldn’t – they with Bumper, this premiere Minutes into the opening, the two bond over their “dog-like” habit of wrapping their meds in American cheese, which feels more like the product of a scriptwriter’s recipe than real chemistry.
But there’s also Bumper. The series struggled to make Bumper bad enough to be recognizable from the early Pitch Perfects (he would do things like throw food at his opponents because Pure joy ruins her day) and likable enough to be an underdog hero. It solved making him such a stupid boy that he would throw away his passport assuming it was a one-time document. Faced with the impossible task of crafting a believable man out of these half-hearted contradictions, Devine relies on an unofficial equivalent of Jack Black – which only emphasizes that he’s not Jack black.
With a central character who is more tiresome than likable, shrugging plots and jokes are often hit, Berlin’s bumper It’s starting to look very much like a sequel, and it’s not there because its makers have some great story they need to share with the world, or because fans are clamoring for this side character Taking risks further, but because Universal couldn’t bear to let a once-successful franchise sit on the sidelines. Perhaps it would be better to keep Bumper at Barden and instead devote its energy to reminding people that far more than Pitch Perfect is still playing on Peacock.