Directed by: Jason Moore
Written by: Kay Cannon
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Pitch Perfect is about Beca (Kendrick; Scott Pilgrim, Up In The Air) an aspiring DJ whose forced to attend college by her father, who’s a professor and as such gets free tuition for his daughter. There she is discovered by an a cappella group in decline, The Barden Bellas, after a disgrace at their last finals appearance. She’s recruited into the strict group along with a bunch of other “characters” such as Fat Amy (Wilson; Bridesmaids, Bachelorette). It’s loosely based on the book Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory by Mickey Rapkin.
Pitch Perfect is hilarious. That’s really all there is to it. It’s a really, really funny movie with a lot of laughs that you will enjoy a lot.
But let’s try to elaborate on that. Well first we have a great cast. Every single actor in the film is just incredible and has some great comedic skills. Rebel Wilson is the obvious standout and she does get a lot of the prime comedy. But you also get some great stuff from the more supporting cast such as Hana Mae Lee as Lilly. The whole ensemble of the Belles is great. And Anna Kendrick really gets to flex her comedy skills too, which I always enjoy.
Initially when I first saw the trailer for Pitch Perfect I thought it looked a little too much like Glee and that really turned me off, but after seeing it I can say besides a cappella singing of popular songs, the two are nothing alike. So if you’re not a fan of Glee, don’t worry, you’ll still be very entertained. I actually saw a comparison somewhere between Pitch Perfect and Bring It On and I’d say that feels much more right to me. They have a sort of similar esthetic and feel to them.
Now for the bad. There’s not a lot of bad though. The main complaint I had was that the Beca character was so against a free college education that her father is asking her to get before heading out to become a DJ in L.A. That doesn’t seem like it’s an outrageous thing. In fact a lot of people would kill for a free college education. Also the scenes with her father just never seemed to fit or come together. It sort of seemed like there might have been more to that plot that was cut out. There’s also a love story that while enjoyable, I don’t know if I needed.
Overall if you’re looking for a comedy with big laughs, then this is one to check out. It’s currently playing in theaters and you can also get the soundtrack.