Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 115 Minutes
Released: 2015
Director: Elizabeth Banks
 

Cultural Rating: pawpaw

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.

Summary:

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.

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ParaNorman

ParaNorman
ParaNorman
Rating: PG
Run Time: 92 minutes
Released: 2012
Director: Chris Butler, Sam Fell

 Cultural Rating: pawpawpawpaw

This film is significant in that it features the first self-identified gay character in a mainstream children’s animated film. The film also promotes family togetherness and teamwork but does little to engage with other cultural identities.

Summary

Norman uses his gift of communication with the paranormal to release an evil spirit that has been haunting the town of Blithe Hollow for hundreds of years.

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