Pitch Perfect is not Glee: The Movie, mostly because they already made Glee: The Movie. Pitch Perfect is more like Bring it On, but for competitive a capella singing.
Anna Kendrick plays Beca, the “it’s cooler not to join” girl (totally Eliza Dushku from Bring it On) who just started at fictional college Barden University. During the activities fair, she learns of, then dismisses, the all-girls singing group the-clever-pun-about-singing-and-girls. But no sooner is she saying talk to the hand than the spunky second in command of the group, played by Brittany Snow, is convincing her to join. The head of the girl group was disgraced last year, and as a senior, it is her year to shine, you know, like Bring it On. The tune key replaces the spirit stick, but all-in-all there are many parallels. There is even a musically inclined love interest for Beca, but tragically he is in the competing men’s a capella group, the something something tones.
Can Beca lead a rag tag group of stereotypes to ultimate victory at the sing off, a sort of Kumite of vocal talents?
In all seriousness, I kind of liked this movie.
The performances were all OK, nobody was awful. In fact Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins were often funny as the official intercollegiate a capella commentators. The story was a little clunky in places, as this story often is, but worked out pretty well in the end.
The same part of my brain that likes dance movies, teen romance and Bring it On thought that Pitch Perfect was fun.
Fun I say.
If you go into it expecting fun, not great jokes, not superior acting, but just a group of girls learning about life and love, all set to pop songs that are not quite current… oh man, I guess it is Glee: The Movie. – [DVD]
DVD Release Date: 12/18/12