So who doesn’t love a good teen comedy? And who doesn’t love a teen comedy about singing? It’s all the rage nowadays, right? Pitch Perfect has come along to try to sing its way into the upper echelon of teen comedies that have preceded it. Aspiring DJ and newly minted Barden University freshman Beca (Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air and End of Watch) is convinced against her will to join The Bellas, an all-female a cappella singing group led by the ever-so-controlling Chloe (Brittany Snow, Hairspray and Guiding Light). Will the Bellas change up their style and sound enough to beat their all-male campus rivals at Nationals? And more importantly, is this film any good? Read on!
The Good: Fat Amy, played by 26-year-old Aussie Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids). HILARIOUS. Her comedic timing is so out of left field, her one-liners suckerpunch you in the gut. Also adding to the frivolity are John Michael Higgins (Happily Divorced) and Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, The 40 Year Old Virgin), who play a pair of commentators. Plus some of the mash-ups were quite inventive, and the music was quite current.
The Gay: The boys. Yum. Skylar Astin as Jesse, the hipster love interest of Beca, croons and swoons his way into your heart like nobody’s business. And UK hottie Freddie Stroma as college radio DJ Luke is so beeftacular. Delicious.
There are some lesbian jokes in there too, just to amp up the gay factor. But I was kinda expecting more gayness. This is a movie about singing after all.
The Bad: Some of the jokes fall flat, and those “aca-(insert adjective here)” expressions that Chloe blurts out, such as “aca-awesome” or “aca-excuse me?” grow a bit tired after a while. But above all, the movie just seemed like a slightly more adult Glee clone mixed with a bit of Bring It On. It wasn’t as fresh as it could have been, and it reeked of riding on the coattails of that Fox Network juggernaut.
The Fugly: Some of those jokes… Groan.
Pitch Perfect, or falls flat?: Overall, Pitch Perfect is a fun piece of musical comedy fluff that is worth viewing. If singing is your thing, you may enjoy this one. If you absolutely abhor musicals, stay away. But based on Fat Amy’s one-liners alone, I recommend plonking down your money and seeing this tuner before it tunes out of theaters
The Grade: B+