The surprise gem of the fall movie season has arrived: Pitch Perfect. Anna Kendrick stars as Beca, a college freshman attending her professor father’s university. She would rather be in Los Angeles trying to make it in the music business as a DJ/mixer than strolling the tree-filled walkways of the college. Once her father implores her to “dive in” to college and if she doesn’t find it rewarding he will pay for her move to LA in a year, sure enough… Beca finds inspiration in the Bellas.
Led by Anna Camp’s Aubrey, we meet the a cappella group in the film’s opening moments as they are competing. Not only are they performing an “old” song (The Sign), but their fearless leader responds to the pressure of performing by losing her lunch.
Fast forward to the fall and the Bellas need new recruits if they’re going to make a run at a championship again. A rag-tag group of singers audition (in one of the funniest and most creative audition sequences ever shot on film… all to the tune of Kelly Clarkson’s Since You’ve Been Gone).
The audience immediately falls in love with our eclectic performers, of which Kendrick’s Beca is one. She’s a reluctant member, but soon finds sisterly singing joy with Hana Mae Lee’s Lilly, Alexis Knapp’s Stacie, Rebel Wilson’s Fat Amy -- who introduces herself as such so girls don’t make fun of her behind her back -- and several other extremely well-drawn characters.
Meanwhile, there’s a love interest in the background for Beca that is the ultimate forbidden fruit as he is a member of the university's rival a cappella group. The Bellas’ leader forbids fraternizing with the enemy. It is through Skylar Astin’s Jesse that Beca is introduced to The Breakfast Club and its iconic theme, Don’t You Forget About Me. The theme of that film permeates Pitch Perfect and lends a heaping amount of inspiration to the final showdown between the two groups.
We would be remiss in our Pitch Perfect review not to mention the Australian sensation who steals the entire film, Wilson. Her performance as Fat Amy is one of the best comic portrayals we've seen all year. Movie Fanatic expects great things from this performer who seemingly can do it all.
Sure, Pitch Perfect would not have been green-lit without the success of Glee. Yet, the film is so much more than the Fox hit show. There’s none of the "accept the differences of us all" virtues of the Ryan Murphy-created program. These characters start from that point and grow as a performing collective until their ultimate… Surely, you didn’t think we’d give away the best part!
The song selection is impeccable, as shown off in this Pitch Perfect Right Round clip, and will have you singing along and feeling like rising from your seat and dancing in the aisles. This is a film that could find great success on home video, but Movie Fanatic implores you to make the trek to the theater and share in the group joy that is the hysterical and heartfelt gift that is Pitch Perfect.
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