Plot: Beca (Anna Kendrick) has just started college, but she isn’t thrilled, as this is not where she wants to be. She wants to be exploring music and getting real world experience, but her father is a professor at Barden University, so she can attend for free, so he pushes her to do so. But she doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere, so her dad tells her to join one club and if at the year’s end she isn’t happy, he will pay for her to move and pursue her musical aspirations. So she winds up as a Bella, an all girl a capella group who is always outshone by the school’s boys squad. The Bellas are a colorful group to say the least, with leader Aubrey (Anna Camp) determined to honor tradition while the others seem to want to push in new directions. Beca soon discovers that her musical skills could help push the Bellas further than ever before, but can she convince the group to accept her fresh ideas?
Entertainment Value: Pitch Perfect is a brisk, fun movie that boasts a colorful, gifted cast and launched multiple sequels. The movie was likely made as part of the Glee tidal wave of song & dance popularity, but it offers a college spin on the premise and in turn, a more teen aimed product. The writing is sharp, even if the humor is often blunt and kind of lowbrow, so most of the jokes work and while the ensemble piece focuses on a few key roles, it at least takes the time to give some personality to most of the prominent players involved. The girl power vibes are strong, but the movie is certainly not a feminist effort, falling into all kinds of romantic comedy tropes left and right, as well as the usual mean girl, slut shaming routines. But the parts come together well and the movie is a fun watch, thanks to that solid script and a terrific cast. Rebel Wilson turned her role here into a star making turn, as did Anna Kendrick, who exploded thanks to this role and the Cups song. But Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, and all the other Bellas are a lot of fun to watch as well. The passion for music beams from the movie too, which helps a lot. Not a deep experience perhaps, but Pitch Perfect is a fun movie with a terrific cast.
No nakedness. Some mild sexual references and a cheese laden romantic subplot, but these girls are all talk, no action. No blood, as the movie has no real violence and these college kids settle their differences with sing offs, not fisticuffs. I mean, anyone who expects sleaze or violence here is either going in blind or just naive, given the brisk, light tone of the movie. The dialogue here is snappy and pretty quotable, with a lot of one liners and cheesy music references. Lilly has some great lines, if you can hear them, while Fat Amy and Aubrey also have some fun stuff. I actually think Aubrey is my favorite character in the movie, as her dysfunction is right on the surface and she just rolls with that internal conflict. As for craziness, the movie keeps things simple and straight forward, so no real over the top moments.
Overall Insanity: 0/10