Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school’s all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition. (IMDB)
Writers: Kay Cannon (screenplay), Mickey Rapkin (book)
Director: Jason Moore
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson
Run time/Rating: 112 Minutes/ PG-13
Popcorn Score: Medium Popcorn with Butter
I had a friend tell me the other day that his wife has the worst taste in movies. He said that when it comes to movie night, they have had to implement a system where they rotate who gets to pick the movie for the night which ultimately ends in only one of them enjoying that evening. First off, I would say that is quite an unfortunate situation, but secondly, I would highly recommend that the next time it is his turn to pick, that he picks Pitch Perfect. With this act of deception, he will give her the impression that he is bending over backwards to pick a movie for her, that he is throwing her a bone, if he were a politician he would be making an attempt to “cross the isle”. Now, obviously the end game in executing this trick is that she would pick a movie for him next time and ultimately marital bliss; or perhaps something even more immediate of the sexual variety. But even more so than those two outcomes, in picking Pitch Perfect he would be picking a movie that he is going to enjoy as much as any other late-night stoner comedy that he usually picks or even as much as the latest action flick starring Jason Statham and or a retreaded Sly Stallone. He is going to get one or both of those things above and really enjoy the movie, along with his wife, at the same time! This situation can work for any relationship out there I am positive – but that is enough for relationship advice!
My first experience with this movie was while I was waiting to purchase tickets for a different movie in the Theater ticket line. I overheard 3 high school kids who looked like they get together every Monday night for a Glee party talking about how this will be the third time seeing the movie. I suppose that is where I unfairly assumed that it was just the movie version of glee. I can’t say how wrong I was, and how glad I am that I shook that mentality and sat down and made a fun afternoon with it on New Year’s Day.
The movie focuses on the college a cappella scene, a subject that to my knowledge is pretty untouched. Only minutes into the first scene I am laughing out loud as the announcers (Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins) spit out wildly inappropriate commentary to the A capella national finals. I was still worried that a couple of proven bit comedians might be the best thing in the film. I was wrong. Along with a great supporting cast including Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids) and Adam DeVine (Workaholics) the movie stays funny throughout. Anna Kendrick’s character Beca is who we follow. She is a private girl with a passion for producing music entering her freshman year at college and we watch as she makes friends through the a cappella club. The funny movie skips along and never takes itself serious at all.
There are catchy tunes along with the comedy which keep the spirits up as well. I do take an issue with the fact that in an a cappella movie, the voices are very obviously run through the perfect pitch machine, pardon the pun, but that is the day and age that we live in. That being said, I found the production level of the voices to be much less annoying than the songs from glee (I haven’t even seen a whole episode, but I get the point) or say, a Britney Spears song.
It was going to take a lot to get me (who admittedly is even a big musical fan) into this collegic a cappella rom-com but somehow the writers and performers put all of the peices together and made an incrediblly enjoyable movie that won me over, and I bet it will win you over too. Pop it in on your next movie night, I’m sure it wont dissapoint, either you or your partner.
Medium Popcorn with Butter.