Pop culture’s obsession with high school singing groups baffles me. Though I have come to realize that stories about glee clubs are just a way for writers to write about those strange misfits that occupy those dark and mysterious corners of the world that most refuse to go to for fear of social rejection. I’ve also realized that the TV show Glee is really the only bit of pop-culture that deals with those kids who reside in the choir rooms in high schools across America. However, as strange as I find it, Glee’s popularity can’t be denied, and it was only a matter of time before something like Glee would be released, enter Pitch Perfect.
Pitch Perfect tells the story of a college freshman, Anna Kendrick, who, through a series of what I guess are funny circumstances, joins an all female a capella group. The catch is that this group, The Bellas, are woefully behind the times when it comes to the ever changing world of competitive a capella singing, and it’s up to Kendrick’s character to bring The Bellas into the 21st century. Pitch Perfect is like The Bad News Bears or The Mighty Ducks, but instead of an underdog sports team, it’s an underdog singing team.
I wasn’t fond of Pitch Perfect. I found most the jokes obnoxious, and most of the characters to be flat and dull. The thing is, the audience I saw this with absolutely loved it. Every joke hit with them, and from what I could gather from the stray conversations I heard after the movie was over, Pitch Perfect was much better than anyone had expected. I guess I’m a curmudgeon. But to the movie’s credit, there are a couple of things that worked for me. The musical numbers ranged from okay to good, and the big climatic mash up was incredibly well done. The best part, by far, was Rebel Wilson, who plays Fat Amy (Fat Amy appoints herself this moniker because she “doesn’t want the twig b*****s to do it behind [her] back”). Wilson absolutely steals the show, and don’t be surprised to see more of her in the future.
If the idea of Glee in college appeals to you, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with Pitch Perfect. Unfortunately, if this idea doesn’t appeal to you, there just isn’t enough there to win you over. While I’m not going to give this movie high marks, I recognize that it does have a certain charm that will please many moviegoers, and if anything is a perfectly acceptable date movie.
Directed by Jason Moore
Starring Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, and Rebel Wilson