It’s definitely a cop out to say “Pitch Perfect” is “Glee” meets “Bring It On,” but it’s true – in a really good way. And while hate to be so cliché on top of that – the whole “don’t’ judge a book by its cover” idea definitely applies here.
The debut feature film from director Jason Moore (Broadway’s “Avenue Q“) and writer Kay Cannon (“30 Rock“) is based on GQ Magazine’s senior editor Mickey Rapkin’s nonfiction book of the same name, “Pitch Perfect” is an impossible-to-hate tale of collegiate a cappella that follows an all-girls a capella group, The Bellas, who try to beat the reigning all-male a cappella group, The Treble Makers.
Led by Anna Camp (“True Blood”) and Brittany Snow (“Hairspray”), the Bellas have traditionally been a snobby, sorority-esque, elite group of women. But after a disastrous competition the year before, the ladies have had to open up to a more diversified group of women.
Enter Beca. A brooding, aspiring D.J. played ever-reliable Anna Kendrick (“50/50,” “Up In the Air,” “End of Watch”), who joins the Bellas to show her professor father that she in fact, giving college a chance, despite not actually wanting to be in the group. The story that follows is the Bellas journey to become a cohesive group and battle the Treble Makers at the most important competition of the year
In this role, Anna shows us that she not only has acting chops, but why she was nominated for a Tony Award at the young age of 12 – the girl can sing! In fact, the whole cast is filled with great singers, and their ensemble working is nothing shy of amazing.
And I can’t leave out Rebel Wilson (“Bridesmaids”) who plays Fat Amy. This scene-stealer will have you laughing so hard your sides hurt. And not to worry – you’ve not see all the best lines the movie has to offer in the trailer, so get ready to laugh and laugh often.
The verdict: “Pitch Perfect” puts a fresh, funny spin on the musical genre and is one of the true comedic gems to come out of Hollywood this year. This movie had everything for me – great acting, a fun storyline and great music. Simply put, “Pitch Perfect” reminds me why I enjoy going to the movies.
Opened: October 5, 2012
Director: Jason Moore
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Elizabeth Banks