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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Elizabeth Banks
Anna Kendrick
Alexis Knapp
Rebel Wilson
Brittany Snow
Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
Directors
Jason Moore.
Screenwriters
Kay Cannon.
Running Time
112 minutes

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Pitch Perfect
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Plot
Beca (Kendrick) arrives at Barden University and is cajoled into joining The Bellas, one of the college’s singing troupes. Now she just needs to break the group’s losing streak and help them start winning.


Review
Pitch Perfect
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Though it suggests itself as Glee: The Movie, Pitch Perfect is, pleasingly, something closer to Mean Girls: The Musical. The plot, with miscellaneous educational misfits a-singin’ their troubles away, is straight out of Glee, but it has little interest in moralising or political correctness, or trying to make you think about wheelchairs. Instead, it has Mean Girls’ catty wit and shrewdly observed characters, not necessarily surprising given screenwriter Kay Cannon works on Tina Fey’s 30 Rock. It’s certainly among the best teen movies to come along in a while.

The music side is really the less interesting area. It’s not that all the cast don’t sing very well, nor that the arrangements aren’t slickly and catchily produced; it’s just that choreographing pop hits as a large group is always going to seem a little dweeby. But they’re still plenty of fun, bopping along nicely and building to the big finale, spiced up by Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins as competition commentators à la DodgeBall.

Much more exciting is everything in-between, which is a true ensemble comedy. Anna Kendrick, who yet again hits just the right note between pithy and chummy, is splendid as the girl baffled by the weird politics of her new school. But the spotlight is not purely hers. Skylar Astin’s love interest is much more interesting than the standard talking six-pack. Anna Camp and Brittany Snow are stompily Valley-ish as the heads of the group. And Rebel Wilson’s Fat Amy — she calls herself that so bitches won’t do it to her behind her back — steals scenes shamelessly.

There’s an occasional sense that a lot has been cut here in order to keep the film tight — a love-triangle is hinted at then dropped — but that’s no complaint. The haphazardness is part of the charm, skidding from one loopy set-up to the next, but never losing sight of its story. You can go on the weird flights of fancy you want, as long as you have well-written characters to anchor it.


Verdict
It’s the kind of silly you can only get away with when your writing is very smart. A little bit odd and very, very funny.


Reviewed by Olly Richards

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RE: Pitch Perfect

I really enjoyed watching this film, i loved all of the music. The comedy moment in the film were excellent. i would deffinately recommend this film to others. ... More

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Posted by Jessvmt at 15:00, 19 January 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Pitch Perfect

Makes me laugh the people that come on here and start talking like they're film experts. "Pitch Perfect" is NOT a film that's made to win Oscars and other various prestigious award. No. This film is made to please it's TARGET AUDIENCE. In my opinion to be a good reviewer you have to understand what the target audience would take from it and how it is suited to them and for that reason Pitch Perfect is, well, perfect. It's light, funny and slightly predictable but that's okay because the ac... More

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Posted by ravagee at 12:25, 07 January 2013 | Report This Post


Pitch Perfect

Put your prejudices to the side and you'll have plenty of fun. ... More

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Posted by Whistler at 23:34, 05 January 2013 | Report This Post


hilarious

I thoroughly enjoyed Pitch Perfect. I was waiting about 4 months for it come out in the UK, as the US got it in Oct. I watched it in 2012 so it's definitely my favourite comedy film of 2012. :D quirky, seriously funny (especially Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, seriously rocked it). seriously fancy Skylar Asti who plays Jesse...;) I'm glad you guys gave it 4 stars well deserved. I was singing along by myself to myself...haha it's also definitely a gender-less film, men would enjoy it as would wo... More

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Posted by megank13 at 16:54, 03 January 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Pitch Perfect

I found this to be rather funny. In fact, I would say it's the funniest film I saw in the cinema in 2012, other than The Muppets. The humour has a higher hit rate than in Ted (which I also enjoyed) but the 'Bridesmaids meets Ted' tag line is just lazy marketing quite frankly - I would say it had more in common with Mean Girls (although I haven't watched that for a while...). If I hadn't read / heard glowing reviews, the trailer would have put me off as it made it look like some kind of hel... More

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Posted by FoximusPrime at 12:06, 02 January 2013 | Report This Post


Pitch Projectile Vomit

4 Stars?? That is the funniest thing about Pitch Perfect... the good reviews. "You know Titanium? That's my jam." enough said. I think Nurofen had something to do with the making of this, definitely falsely advertised as "this years bridesmaids" as I strangely missed every funny part. In its defense this is a slightly unfair review as I couldn't even make it to the end, Awful. ... More

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Posted by andee90 at 13:18, 31 December 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Hilarious and Interesting

In my opinion, the type of humour was similar to Ted (adult yet immature, edgy, etc) and in my opinion the female camaraderie was similar to that of Bridesmaids. There aren't many films like this around, especially with almost entirely female leads, so it's hard to find comparisons. Was just doing my best! ... More

Posted by zollobird at 11:18, 31 December 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Hilarious and Interesting

Thought it was ok but advertising it as a cross between Ted & Bridesmaids is total BULLSHIT! if not just that's it's a 12a. The main saving grace is Rebel Wilson & the 2 commentators (Higgins & Banks). 3/5 ... More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 15:54, 21 December 2012 | Report This Post


Hilarious and Interesting

I loved this film, it was better than I expected it to be by far!! I was thinking it was going to be a bit too Glee-esque, but it was more like Bridesmaids/Ted/Mean Girls. Honestly one of my favourite films of the year (and I've seen a hell of a lot of films this year). I was grinning from ear to ear by the end, as was everyone else in the audience - even the men! Highly recommended. ... More

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Posted by zollobird at 13:16, 21 December 2012 | Report This Post


Hilarious and Interesting

I loved this film, it was better than I expected it to be by far!! I was thinking it was going to be a bit too Glee-esque, but it was more like Bridesmaids/Ted/Mean Girls. Honestly one of my favourite films of the year (and I've seen a hell of a lot of films this year). I was grinning from ear to ear by the end, as was everyone else in the audience - even the men! Highly recommended. ... More

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Posted by zollobird at 13:16, 21 December 2012 | Report This Post


Went in expecting nothing and got one of the funniest films of the year. Rebel Wilson and Anna Kendrick really rock it with this one. If you like the type of humour that 30 Rock offers, then this is right up your street. ... More

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Posted by odddaze at 11:44, 19 December 2012 | Report This Post


Geek power!

I saw a preview of this film and walked out after about twenty minutes- very predictable- and NOT very funny, unless you lke obvious humor; it clearly thinks it's cleverer than it is. For fans of Glee- and girls that like teenage romcom-musical silliness only. It's irritatingly a geek empowerment film (whereby now, there's a sub-group below the geeks?!), and a new genre, that personally I'm already getting a bit sick of. And why are most of the actors clearly in their late-twenties playing teen... More

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Posted by stevos at 15:50, 17 December 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Had a great Time.

Loved it a lot and not a fan of Glee at all. . Have to say this review is spot on. ... More

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Posted by NCC1701A at 12:09, 17 December 2012 | Report This Post


Teerrible

Absolutely awful, a Glee fan's dream but torture for everyone else. ... More

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Posted by Ronan_Nissen at 22:07, 24 September 2012 | Report This Post


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