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Pitch Perfect


Pitch Perfect isn't pitch perfect. An underdog comedy about competitive collegiate a cappella groups—based, remarkably, on the nonfiction novel of the same name, which focused in part on UO's all-female group, Divisi—and the cinematic debut from Avenue Q director Jason Moore, the film takes some obvious cues from Bring It On and Glee, but struggles with exactly what it wants to be: A gross-out comedy like Bridesmaids? A self-aware meta-comedy like the best bits of Glee? The over-the-top absurdism of Dodgeball? Or a straight-up character-based comedy relying on the individual talents of supporting actors like Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Rebel Wilson? More's the pity, because the source material is such a rich pool of comedic potential, and with some sharper focus and a pointier pitchfork, this could have been one of the best comedies of 2012 (admittedly, it's a pretty shallow pool this year). As it is, Pitch Perfect is just a very likable little musical comedy, which will nevertheless be disproportionately enjoyable to adults who love the campy, fresh-faced harmonizing of High School Musical and those plucky McKinley kids. The hackneyed plot is tempered by brisk pacing, jokes that—while scattershot—hit more often than miss, surprisingly minimal sap, and the fact that the cast regularly breaks into straight-faced but utterly ludicrous, heavily Auto-Tuned musical numbers. You can forgive quite a few off notes for that much dorky fun.

  • Genres: Musical comedy
  • Release Date: Friday, October 19, 2012
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 [ Drug References, Language, Sexual Material ]
  • Critic's Score: B
  • Starring: Anna Kendrick [], Skylar Astin [], Rebel Wilson [], Adam DeVine [], Anna Camp [], Brittany Snow [], John Higgins [], Elizabeth Banks []
  • Directed by: Jason Moore [Director], Kay Cannon [Screenwriter], Paul Brooks [Producer], Elizabeth Banks [Producer], Max Handelman [Producer], Scott Niemeyer [Executive Producer]
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