Until a friend made mention of seeing this flick, I never had much interest to rent this movie. It did sound like there’s potential to be cute, but more of the sort of comedic antics that comes at the cost of some awkward, unpleasant crude humor. My suspicions were right, and yet…
Pitch Perfect (2012) Film Review
Music is Beca’s life. Her college professor father is less-than-thrilled by his daughter’s passion given his strict rules about her attending college. In an attempt to strike a compromise, he asks Beca (Anna Kendrick) to join a club at the school, attend a semester and if by the end of the year, she’s still unhappy, he’ll pay for her to go to LA and pursue a career as a DJ.
Following an embarrassing showing at last year’s semi-final a capella competition, the Barden Bellas look to redeem themselves. With only two remaining members, the free-spirited Chloe (Brittany Snow) and the strict traditionalist, Aubrey (Anna Camp), the girls are try to recruit new vocalists. Only trouble is, second and third year students won’t join when Barden a capella group is consistently beat. Now with new recruits Beca and Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson), the girls are back in the game. But unless they up their performance level, they are again at risk of losing. This time, it’s more than just their self-respect.‘PITCH PERFECT’: HILARIOUS COMEDY ABOUT FRIENDSHIP CONNECTED BY MUSIC #FunnyMovies #Comedy #FWarchives Click To Tweet
I think it’s fair to say that without Disney Channel’s smash hit, High School Musical, contemporary movies with a major in music may not be the fad they are today. Subsequently Fox produced a TV series that was all about music, helping to bring this genre into the 21st century. The staging here is nothing like a musical in the traditional sense (here there’s dialogue! Thank goodness for a script) and yet, there’s some fun, flashy musical “numbers” that weave in and out of elaborate song-and-dance sequences.
Anyone looking for depth in the characters won’t find it in Pitch Perfect. It drips with surface charm though isn’t the deepest character piece. Beca is a fun character caught between a dream and find what she’s missing; her relationships with the girls is endearing including some genuine moments. She manages to win each over during low and high points (and the relationship she has with the geeky Jesse is also a highlight; and who wouldn’t like their adorbs “movie scene”). Each of them does fulfill some stereotype in one form or another and yet, each character is likable.
Working through the film are some fun, recognizable tunes including the popular “Titanium,” and the more classical, romantic “Just the Way You Are” (a song that causes swoons every time). Admittedly, this is not the best movie on the shelves. It’s a feel-good kind of story that makes us giggle with glee. The ending isn’t as “wow” as we may expect but the finale is insanely fun. When this movie sparkles, it’s good. Unfortunately the implications in the dialogue make it hard to recommend unless you are able to edit it. To its credit, the script doesn’t follow the same cliché paths in everything it does.
It shies away from some of the expectations I was waiting to happen and does put out a decent, sometimes flirty script that is infectious. In many ways, Pitch Perfect is a “perfect” girl-power flick – almost. Something about the characters belies the film’s faults.
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CONTENT: There are countless crudities – mainly sexual escapades; there’s some sensual dancing and inappropriate dress. Aubrey demands none of the Bella’s sleep with their enemies [two women do]. Chloe confronts Becca in the showers [nothing inappropriate is caught on camera]; Beca’s obvious embarrassment leads Chloe to admit she’s comfortable in the nude and reveals she is in the shower with a man. There is a college party and drunkenness plus party-goers making out and one girl admits to being homosexual. Crude sexual gestures and “the finger” are employed as are some so lyrics with blunt or implied sexual activities sang. One girl vomits twice – once in an exaggerated gag meant to be “funny” [we see her from the back]. There is some profanity in the form of d*mn, a** and various other commonplace profanities. The film is PG13.