Pitch Perfect (2012) | Movie Review

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Release date: October 5, 2012
Runtime: 1 hr. 52 min. 
MPAA rating: PG-13

Pitch Perfect is exactly what it is expected to be: a light and cheerful chick flick, that puts Glee into the usual girl-tries-to-fit-in routine. It's predictable, full of cliches and cheap laughs, and while you know exactly where the story is going, somehow that doesn't really ruin the fun. Of course, it's far from the best movie I've ever seen, but it was perfectly fine for a Columbus Day afternoon with my friend. The movie was literally carried by some talented actors (who unfortunately didn't get to do much) and a lot of very familiar songs.

I was a little bit surprised to see Anna Kendrick do a role like this: even though I'm sure this was a lot of fun to shoot, I thought that after Up in the Air and 50/50 she would move on to more serious roles. Still, it was good to see her as a lead for once, even as a loner wannabe DJ who joins an all girl a capella singing group. Rebel Wilson steals every shot she possibly can as Fat Amy. She is awkward and inappropriate, balancing on the verge of going too far, and she easily gets most of the laughs in the film. Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins make sure the audience knows how to feel about the performances as two singing competition commentators. I personally didn't know what to make of their appearances  - other than a few snarky exchanges, the two didn't do anything for the film as a whole and had nothing to contribute to the storyline.

There really isn't much to say about Pitch Perfect - what the viewer will get out of this movie is absolutely clear from the trailer. As far as chick flicks go, this is a decent one. Don't get me wrong, it's no Mean Girls, but still a deserving work of the genre. People who enjoy this kind of entertainment will most likely love it, while people who are interested in thought provoking films will think this is just fluff. Either way, I had fun watching it and so did everyone else in the theatre I was in. I still have some of those songs stuck in my head!