Pitch Perfect

A Cappella Girls


27 September 2012| No Comments on Pitch Perfect     by Sean Chavel


Might be entertaining for “Glee” fans, and intolerable for anybody else. Pitch Perfect features Anna Kendrick as a college girl who finds an a cappella group, but the rest of the characters are either sitcom-y, annoying or both. The producers evidently gained the rights of many popular songs of today, letting these girls rework them in chorus. The story begins and ends on a competition. But it could have gotten rid of any scene featuring the bitch-princess Aubrey (Anna Camp) who slurs at any girl who steps out of line. Ho-hum.

And yet there is only so much that I can admire in Kendrick, who has an adorable chipmunk smile and bubbly personality as shown in “50/50” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” But instead of making her character Beca a normal girl, she has to have “attachment” and “emotionally unavailable” issues. She has a guy, loses him, and has to get him back. Done in a way that is the kind of processed TV-sitcom writing.

This kind of stuff is better on TV anyway. Of course the face/offs between rival groups is kind of neat, but the official competition has John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks as broadcasters spouting clichéd commentary. Higgins, if I may remind you, is one of my hate-list actors. The world didn’t need the movie. But it would have been harmless enough had it not featured two gratuitous vomit scenes.

112 Minutes. Rated PG-13.


Film Cousins: “The Breakfast Club” (1985); “Sister Act” (1992); “The Fighting Temptations” (2003); “Joyful Noise” (2012).


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Sean Chavel

About The Author / Sean Chavel

Sean Chavel is a Hollywood based author and movie reviewer. He is the Executive Director of flickminute.com, a new website that has adapted the movie review site genre by introducing moodbased and movie experience based reviews.


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