run time: 112 mins
considered: Comedy, Music, Romance
director: Jason Moore
starring: Anna Kendrick, Skyler Astin, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, Kelley Jakie, Waneth Walmsley, Shelley Regner, Adam DeVine, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins, John Benjamin Hickey
movie summary: The Barden Bellas are an a cappella group led by seniors Aubrey Posen (Anna Camp) and Chloe Beale (Brittany Snow) who just lost the National Championship. In their final attempt to win a title before graduating the girls have to lead a new wave of girls that don’t quite live up to the Bella standards.
Beca Mitchell (Anna Kendrick) is a freshman who loves music, creating her own beats, and wants nothing more than to be a music station DJ. She meets Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) during the first day of school when the girls are out looking for social groups to join. They make their way across campus and stumble upon the Bellas’ table where Beca rubs Aubrey the wrong way who doesn’t want her to try out for their group. Chloe likes Beca and pursues her to join after listening to her sing in the shower, Beca finally agrees to come to the try-outs where she sings her heart out to make the team.
There are a few other a cappella groups on campus but the Barden Bellas are the only ones who base their acts on traditional good looks and girl power music. The new girl recruits Beca, Fat Amy, Stacie (Alexis Knapp), Lilly (Hana Mae Lee), and Cynthia-Rose (Ester Dean) don’t fit the mold. Aubrey turns into a dictator with the girls because she is an emotional mess thanks to all this new stress. Beca catches the eye of Jesse (Skylar Astin) who is a lead singer for the Treblemakers, the defending national champions. Aubrey tries to lay down the law on Beca and prevent her from forming a relationship with Jesse because it could be a distraction for the group.
The Bellas head off to a tournament after weeks of bonding and practicing. Despite a poor performance where everyone was off-key, the Bellas finish in second place. The set list was a repeat of the songs that the Bellas sung to advance to the championship which the judges realized and grew tired of real quickly. Beca challenges Aubrey to change things so the Bellas have a real shot at winning but this just leads to an argument and fighting among the girls. Jesse tries to break up the fight which pisses Beca off even more, she tells him off which puts an end to their friendship.
When the girls get to the semi-finals, the tension amongst the girls is at an all-time high. As they are singing the same old songs Beca decides to improvise her own song and change things up in the middle of the set which throws everyone off-key that gets the Bellas eliminated. Beca quits the group after because she can’t handle Aubrey’s ways and the girls are left wondering what could have been. A rival group make the finals only to get disqualified because of an ineligible performer that opens the door for the Bellas to reenter the tournament and advance to the finals against the Treblemakers.
The Bellas begin to rehearse again when Chloe tries to reason with Aubrey that Beca may have been right all along, a different routine may win them the championship. Before a fight breaks out amongst the group Beca shows up to apologize for being so stubborn and rebellious. Aubrey reluctantly accepts her apology and surrenders her captaincy to Beca with the hope that the talented freshman can lead the group to the national championship.
my thoughts: Like many people I skipped on Pitch Perfect when it first came out thinking that it was nothing but a glorified teenager movie based off of the Glee Tv show. It took some convincing from a good friend of mine who told me I would in fact love this movie because it is hilarious, I gave in and before the movie left theatres I had gone to see it five times.
Pitch Perfect is more than an a cappella movie, more than a Glee rip-off, and more than another teenage movie. Pitch Perfect is one of the funniest girly movies to hit the big screen in a long time. Led by Rebel Wilson and Anna Kendrick the girls do the craziest things while fine-tuning their signing skills with the hopes of winning the national championship. The other girls in the group all bring their own hilarious personalities which clash with their more traditional group leaders. The funniest parts of the movie are the moments when the group tries their best to bond and become a better team only to see everything blow up in their face. Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins bring great comedic commentary during the a cappella tournaments pointing out the best and worse of each competition.
If anyone owns Pitch Perfect or has browsed related videos on YouTube will learn that these guys and girls spent weeks upon weeks training for their roles in this movie. Everyone on the cast had to learn dance moves and song lyrics to maker their appearances more authentic. Most people would also be surprised to know that soundtrack is actually performed by the actors and actresses in the film.
Pitch Perfect was a surprise hit making over $100 million over its original budget. Girls of every age fell in love with the movie because it celebrates girl power as well as offering up some memorable laughs. This is a much watch for everyone whether it is during family night or a girls night out.
my star rating: 9 out 10
imdb.com: 7.3 out 10
rottentomatoes.com: 81% out 100%