A feisty coed joins a collegiate a cappella group and upgrades their song selection for the 21st century during the run-up to a major competition in this melodic comedy from Tony-nominated Avenue Q director Jason Moore. Drifting past the various cliques after arriving at college, Beca (Anna Kendrick) pays more attention to the jams pumping in her headphones than the people she passes on her way to class. But all that changes the moment she stumbles into the one place where every misfit has a voice -- the campus a cappella group. Although the competition amongst the singers proves surprisingly fierce, there's just one aspect of the group Beca can't wrap her head around: All of the songs they perform are at least a decade old. Convinced that they can do better by adding some contemporary tunes into the mix, Beca whips up an exciting new set list that will set the group apart and leave their rivals in the dust. Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, and Rebel Wilson co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Director: Jason Moore
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson.
Release Date: Sep 28, 2012
Rated PG-13 for sexual Material, Language and Drug References
Runtime: 1 hr. 52 min.
It’d be easy to write off Pitch Perfect as a Glee inspired money grab. The truth is that it’s a fun almost tongue in cheek redux of Bring it On with singing instead of cheerleading. Director Jason Moore has a strong sense of what the film is. In doing so he never takes the proceedings very seriously, leaving everything as light and effervescent to make it as easily digestible and enjoyable. At its core the film maintains a steady flow and tenor, only rarely missing a few beats here and there. The script works in spite of tired tropes with some fun dialogue that moves the film through some of cheesier moments. Anna Kendrick, she of strong features, carries this film with lots of help from her strong supporting cast. Kendrick is strong and believable as the lead, even though the character is about as common as a cold, she even impresses with some nice vocals. Rebel Wilson though is scene stealer here, proving she’s got so much more in her talent tool box than just broad laughs. She’s got some strong singing chops and excellent comedic timing. Anna Camp and Brittany Snow fall into their mean girl roles quite well in supporting but important roles. Some fun bit players round out the cast. If the film suffers from a major flaw its it’s length. There’s really no reason for this film to be nearly 2 hours in length and there are plenty of scenes which could have been trimmed or cut all together to streamline the experience.