Pitch Perfect (2012) Review

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Pitch Perfect (2012)

Directed by Jason Moore

Starring:
Anna Kendrick
Skylar Astin
Rebel Wilson
Anna Camp
Brittany Snow
Adam DeVine
Ben Platt
John Michael Higgins
Elizabeth Banks

Running time: 112 minutes

Plot Synopsis: (via Wikipedia)
Pitch Perfect follows a women’s college a cappella group, The Barden Bellas, as they compete against another a cappella group from their college to win Nationals.

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My Opinion:

Let’s get another review done! I need to start this review by saying this: I’m old. I grew up on John Hughes teen movies & NOTHING has ever or will ever come close to those in my old person opinion. I do still like watching movies aimed at teenagers & twentysomethings – I’m just always on the lookout for another Breakfast Club, though, and that has yet to happen. There have been some movies that I’ve enjoyed and are a bit of fun but won’t exactly become all-time favorites of mine. Pitch Perfect is one of these.

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The Good:

– Anna Kendrick: She’s a decent character I know I would have liked if I was still that sort of age. I always like a kind of “tough girl” (although, please! She’s not fully believable as one. Come ON – she’s SO not a “tough girl”! They obviously went “Let’s stick a tattoo on her & make her angry at the world!” Please). But a strong female lead is always a good thing & I’d happily have a teen daughter look up to this character instead of the many horrible female role models around these days.

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– The Crazy Quiet Girl: There’s a girl in The Barden Bellas (Lilly) who’s this tiny little thing who goes around mumbling and no one can understand her. When you DO catch what she says, it’s something completely insane like “I set fires to feel joy”. I loved this character! Her lines actually made me LOL and I am so NOT a LOLer. And when I recently reviewed Sound Of My Voice, I said there was no good puking scene in the history of cinema besides in Stand By Me (because puking is disgusting). Well, I forgot about Pitch Perfect. I don’t necessarily like the puking scenes in this but the thing Lilly does (I don’t want to spoil it) is disgustingly hilarious! I LOLed at that too. She really needed a bigger role in this & more lines because she was the highlight of the film for me.

– The Story & Humor: It’s not exactly the most original plot but it was fun & I do love a movie that ends with a competition of some sort. It’s also a fairly funny film overall. I think I have a weird sense of humor because I like very few comedy films these days so the fact that Pitch Perfect actually made me laugh a couple of times is pretty amazing. Heck, I also didn’t mind the predictable romance. I mean, I can SO relate to two people bonding over great movies! 🙂

– The Breakfast Club Reference: It’s funny how so many teen movies now seem to try to be like the great 80’s teen movies. I assume this is because the filmmakers are often my sort of age & grew up on Hughes as well. It’s good that some films at least TRY to live up to that.

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The Not-So-Good:

– The Breakfast Club Reference: Can’t current teen films just try to be good on their own without having to rely on mentioning the genius that is John Hughes? Easy A did this as well. However, it does fit better into the story in Pitch Perfect – it felt very forced in Easy A (I didn’t really like that movie).

– The Music: Okay okay. Sorry. I know that’s the whole point of this movie. But the reason I didn’t rush out to see this is because I hate things like Glee. Glee is awful. I tried to watch Glee for a while & just got annoyed whenever they took a good song & made it all cheesy & crap. Pitch Perfect is quite similar to Glee in some of the “slightly naughty” humor and, obviously, in the cheesy singing. Luckily, it works better than Glee. The story is better & funnier and the songs aren’t TOO terribly annoying. But stay the hell away from Simple Minds, people! LEAVE THE BREAKFAST CLUB SONG ALONE!!!! The best song in this is actually the original one.

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– Rebel Wilson: I dunno. I have yet to like her in anything I’ve seen her in. She does have some funny lines, though, and the fact that she calls herself Fat Amy “so twig bitches like you don’t do it behind my back” was pretty damn funny.

– The Fact That I Can’t Remember Much Else Besides What I’ve Listed: I watched this several months ago & don’t remember it that well anymore. But I can recite so many lines from my favorite John Hughes teen movies even though I haven’t watched most of them in years.

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There’s a shower scene in this, btw

Summary:

Pitch Perfect is a fun movie with a predictable plot but some great unexpected humor thrown in which does make it stand out when compared to other current movies aimed at teens & early twentysomethings. Like many other movies for this age group, it wants to be a John Hughes film but of course can’t manage that. However, it does stay on the right side of the line in trying to achieve this. And I LOLed a few times. I don’t LOL much.

My Rating: 7/10

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24 thoughts on “Pitch Perfect (2012) Review

  1. I loved this movie, and I actually love Rebel Wilson. She is my greatest guilty pleasure these days. I just find everything she does so utterly hilarious. When she got hit with the burrito and acted like she’d been shot, I was dying!

    But I totally agree with you that the Breakfast Club reference was really hammered into this movie and didn’t need to be used so heavily. And that this movie had a too predictable storyline. Great review!

    • Thanks! 🙂 I don’t hate Rebel Wilson. I don’t think I do, at least. She might grow on me. I was a little harsh putting her in the “not so good”. She definitely has some funny moments. 🙂

  2. Good review. I didn’t love this like everybody else, but I will say that it had me laughing more than In expected to be. Especially whenever Rebel Wilson was on screen.

      • hope to watch it in the next few days, but I have some 2013 movies to watch first 🙂

        and even if I don’t like, I’ve probably seen worse. I don’t usually mind watching a bad movie cause then I know not to go near it ever again 🙂

        Hope you had a nice holiday

      • Hope you had a great Christmas & have a Happy New Year! 🙂 When I’m back to work I plan to work out some sort of schedule to keep up with this blogging thing!!

      • I’m Jewish, so we don’t celebrate Christmas, but thanks for the lovely sentiments anyway 🙂

        Looks like I’m gonna break my record this month, so you’ll have lots of catching up to do 🙂

        I have 5 reviews in the works and still 2 days left to the month when Im on vacation from work, so I’m looking forward to adding some new movies to my list especially a Hobbit double feature with Desolation of Smaug hopefully my final movie of the year

      • Oops – did you say holiday? How about Happy Holidays! 🙂 I kind of hate Christmas anyway. Lol! I can’t believe I haven’t seen The (newest) Hobbit yet. :-/ Just been too busy. Will probably watch it in 2014 but pretend I saw it in 2013. Shhh… Don’t tell anyone. ; )

  3. This movie was really uneven in tone for me and just a bit meh overall but Lilly is amazing. I saw this with my friend Jen, who is a regular movie buddy and we often send each other gifs of her. “I ate my twin in the womb.”

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