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September 25, 2012

Pitch Perfect: Film Review

Hollywood Reporter:

Pitch Perfect is an enjoyably snarky campus romp that’s both wildly nerdy and somewhat sexy. Set in the unlikely world of a cappella singing, this snappy, smart-mouthed comedy with tons of music offers choice opportunities for a bunch of young performers to pop out of the crowd while playing game characters searching for modes of self-expression. Girls, gays and music fanatics represent the core audience, but the good times also should go down easily with a wider in-the-know crowd.

A too-cool-for-you smarminess sheathes the cutthroat competitiveness at Barden U., where, on club recruiting day, The Bellas, an all-female a cappella group, urgently need new blood to have a chance of beating male rivals The Treblemakers, who prevailed in the national finals the previous spring.

With few options, The Bellas’ imperious blond leader, Aubrey (True Blood’s Anna Camp), and redheaded cohort Chloe (Brittany Snow) dragoon sullen freshman Beca (Anna Kendrick) into the group, though she’s an aspiring music producer who’s only at college because of pressure from her professor dad. Among other newbies are the hilariously self-deprecating Fat Amy (Bridesmaids’ Rebel Wilson); Lilly (Hana Mae Lee), an Asian Kewpie doll type who speaks more softly than a whisper; and Cynthia Rose (Ester Dean), a black teen so butch that Fat Amy thinks she’s a boy.

Snidely funny sexual-identity comedy suffuses the loose-limbed script by Kay Cannon (30 Rock, New Girl), which ardently embraces the “organized nerd singing” that is a cappella with none of the self-congratulatory righteousness of Glee. Although martinet Aubrey expressly bans all Bellas from mingling bodily fluids with any Treblemakers, which is fronted by the ultra-obnoxious but talented Bumper (Adam DeVine, of Comedy Central's Workaholics), Beca nonetheless is courted by group nice guy Jesse (Skyler Astin, Broadway's Spring Awakening), a wannabe film score composer whose way of putting a move on Beca is to show her what he considers the greatest movie sequence of all time: the ending of The Breakfast Club. Read more.

Posted by acapnews at September 25, 2012 9:22 PM

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