Pitch Perfect 2
Run Time: 115 Minutes
Director: Elizabeth Banks
This film does a good job of fostering “girl power” and including a diverse group of positive female characters in the storyline. However, the film’s use of satire complicates its attempt to subvert tired stereotypes regarding gender, race, and sexual orientation.
After an a cappella group, the Barden Bellas, are suspended from performing in the Aca-Circuit, they take on the challenge of competing in an international competition to regain their status as performers.
Into the Woods
Run Time: 125 minutes
Director: Rob Marshall
The film challenges traditional gender roles and media narratives regarding femininity and masculinity but does little to engage with cultural identities regarding race, sexual orientation, the body, and disability. Additionally, the film is full of moral lessons about taking responsibility for your own actions.
A young couple heads into the woods to release the curse placed on their family.
Run Time: 118 minutes
Directed by: Will Gluck
Overall, this film does an excellent job of including marginalized identities (women, people of color) as major and minor characters in a progressive manner. Further, the film challenges traditional conceptions of masculinity.
In this adaptation of the classical musical Annie, a young foster child and a millionaire change one another’s lives for the better.