Pitch Perfect FeaturedWritten by Jon Patch
Universal Pictures, Gold Circle Films and Brownstone Productions present a PG-13, 112 minute, musical comedy directed by Jason Moore, screenplay by Kay Cannon and book by Mickey Rapkin with a theater release of September 28, 2012.
The story opens in New York City at Lincoln Center with an annual a Cappella group finals competition from Universities across the country. Coming up on stage is Barden University group ‘The Bella’s” with dreams of beating their rival group ‘The Treble Makers’ but due to a surprise cookie toss by Aubrey (Anna Camp) their group failed to win.
Four months later at the beginning of a new school year Aubrey and her best friend Chloe (Brittany Snow) are out trying to recruit new students for their all girl a Cappella group. Meanwhile Beca (Anna Kendrick) is checking into her room only to meet her hateful new roommate Kimmy Jin (Jinhee Joung, she doesn’t prefer the white bread if you get my drift! At another dorm new roomies Jesse (Skylar Astin) is meeting Benji (Ben Platt) and both tend to get along for the most part. Beca wants more than anything to not be in school but rather move to LA and become a music producer and has made a deal with her father to join a school group, make some memories and if by the end of the school year she wants to leave she can.
Checking out the different school groups at orientation on the lawn she meets up with an awkward yet interesting girl, Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) unknown to her that later the two would become friends. Beca takes a job at the local radio station working for Luke (Freddie Stroma) blonde, six pack abs yet all around cool dude but not the focus of her attention. Rather a romantic spark is about to set fire between her and the new hire Jesse. Yes it is the whole boy meets girl, loses girl but gets girl in the end cliché. Nothing about this story is original except for the singing which by the way is quite toe tapping.
Its open auditions to join an a cappella group and ‘The Bella’s’ have their eyes on Beca. Well at least Chloe does since control freak Aubrey looks at Beca as a possible threat. Like a moment from “Glee” meets “American Idol” a number of students try out for the singing groups with several ending up on a variety of the teams. Beca has made ‘The Bella’s’ along with a number of other girls including Fat Amy, Stacie (Alexis Knapp) little miss sexual healing, Cynthia Rose (Ester Dean) she knows what girls want, Lilly (Hana Mae Lee) listen closely to this one and the road to regionals is in sight. Their direct competition is the Treble Makers led by Bumper (Adam DeVine) and one of their audition picks just so happens to be Jesse.
There are rules for ‘The Bella’s’ and one just happens to be you can’t date or make out with any of the ‘Treble Makers’ so now turmoil is added into the mix for potential song birds Beca and Jesse. Soon though tempers flare and the water boils when Beca decides to take ‘The Bella’s’ out of the past and into the future with a whole new sound, against Aubrey’s demands. How do you say cat fight? These girls, the unlikely group to be friends must come together as one to surpass the regionals make it to the semi-finals than to the finals at Lincoln Center in order to win.
The film is definitely entertaining and cute with a lot of great a cappella singing so by no means is the story boring especially if you like singing competition shows on television than you’ll love this film. What “Bring It On’ did for cheerleading; “Step Up” did for dance this film “Pitch Perfect” will do for a cappella. Casting did a nice job on this film as well with Kendrick doing a superb job as the lead and who would have thought she could sing! Astin was a nice balance to her character and they surely seemed to complement each other well. Snow now a red head in this film shines as does Camp along with many of the young actors throughout the film but the one stand out with her dry humor and hysterical antics is Wilson who really adds a much needed smart ass to the story. Bridesmaids had McCarthy and “Pitch Perfect” has Wilson. Overall a very fun and somewhat brainless film for all to share a few laughs and enjoy some extremely well done a cappella. Written with a bit of a harmonic undertone with two paws out of four by Jon Patch.
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