Pitch Perfect (2012)
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins
Directed By: Jason Moore
Written By: Kay Cannon
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 52 min
This is a melting pot of college movie clichés put to music. Nerds, douchebags, mean girls, weird girls, loners and dreamers. This movie throws anything and everything at the screen, and somehow manages to power through its failings to deliver a charming romance story, and some awesome musical performances.
Pitch Perfect feels very familiar – it’s the college competition drama all over again. But the creators of this fun little film seemed to have embraced it for all it’s worth. Clearly no idea was off the table when it came time to assemble the cast, pick the songs and deliver college level Glee club shenanigans. For every joke that painfully misses the mark, there are three more right behind it that work really well. The biggest hit being the fantastic banter between a cappella commentators, John (John Michael Higgins) and Gail (Elizabeth Banks).
John: This does not look like the fresh-faced nubile Bellas that we have come to know. Is it me, or are those skirts just not working anymore?
Gail: You’re walking the line, John. It’s a nice surprise to see the Bellas mixing it up. It’s refreshing, yet displeasing to the eye.
This movie shines when the ladies are performing, and stumbles occasionally as it tries to balance time between building The Bellas singing group, and establishing a romantic subplot between Justin (Skylar Astin) and Beca (Anna Kendrick). Despite its missteps however, (mostly during the first act) the film ends up being a real pleasure to watch.
If you’re up on (and enjoy) what the kids are listening to these days, you’ll probably enjoy this film a lot. It’s humor mostly hits the mark, and is not suitable for really young audiences. Pitch Perfect is rated PG-13 for some sexual material, language and drug references.
This movie needs a nice loud sound system, so a theater visit or HD screening at home on your awesome home entertainment system is recommended. This film however, should entertain on any device you care to watch it on.
I really enjoyed ‘The Riff-Off’ scene. A great cappella performance of – Mickey/Like A Virgin/Hit Me With Your Best Shot/S&M/Let’s Talk About Sex/I’ll Make Love To You/Feels Like The First Time/No Diggity.