Pitch Perfect (2012)

Sunday, 10. February 2013

Pitch Perfect
Director: Jason Moore
Writer: Kay Cannon
Based on: Mickey Rapkin’s book
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Ben Platt, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins, Donald Faison

Beca (Anna Kendrick) just started college, even though she’d much rather get started on her music producing career directly. As a deal with her father, she enters one of the university’s club – the all-girl acapella group The Bellas, headed by Aubrey (Anna Camp) and Chloe (Brittany Snow). The Bellas have to overcome a recent humiliation. Plus, they really want to beat the all-male campus acapella group. But The Bellas have been doing their thing for a little too long – and they desperately need some fresh input to win.

Pitch Perfect is a whole damn lot of fun. It is a little silly and very predictable, but it is amazingly entertaining.


I do like Anna Kendrick and she was really good. But it was Anna Camp and Rebel Wilson who really knocked it out of the park. In a movie full of colorful (female) characters and a very strong cast, they managed to stand out and blow me away.

Plus, the movie was just really funny. From great quotes – such as “acaxcuse me” to “I call him the Hunter”, or “There’s nothing that makes a woman feel more like a girl than a man who sings like a boy” [Elizabeth Banks was awesome, btw] – to just absurd situations, Pitch Perfect was one of the rare occasions where I even had to laugh at vomit jokes. (It’s good that they didn’t focus on them, though.)


And to top it all off, the music was really nice and I did like the acapella mash-ups.

It’s not a perfect movie, though. I couldn’t bring myself to care much about Beca, or Jesse (Skylar Astin) or their love story. It was just way too clear how it would go down. And there were a few jokes that fell a bit flat, especially when it came to the lesbians. But it’s still very much worth it.


Summarising: enjoyable.

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  1. aw, I thought the Becca/Jesse romance was sweet. I really enjoy those rather undramatic matter-of-fact love stories and it did keep in the background nicely to let the group shine :)

    • The love story certainly doesn’t have to be flashy. But I just didn’t really care about it – and that’s always a death sentence. :)

  2. I loved Rebel Wilson too. She’s Australia’s best export! My toddler loves the soundtrack and sings the acapella version of Rihanna’s “Please don’t stop the music” non-stop. And bullies my husband and I into accompanying :)

    • It’s pretty impressive what toddlers can bully people into. ;) I’d love to hear you guys sing in any case!

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