What a fun, fun movie! I missed Pitch Perfect when it came out in the theaters, but I'm so glad I caught it on DVD! It's quirky and offbeat (but never off-key) (ha ha, see what I did there!), sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes gross-out funny, and sometimes the kind of funny that leaves a quiet smirk on your face and a twinkle in your eyes. Pitch Perfect is the story of Beca (Anna Kendrick), who goes off to college to please her father, but really just wants to be a DJ and music producer. Her roommate ignores her, her boss is apathetic to her, and she can't find the right group to hang out with. Until she stumbles into an underdog a cappella group desperate for a win. The "ragtag group of misfits awkwardly comes together to become a tight-knit, impressive group," a storyline that should be played out by now, but Pitch Perfect uses its weird humor and endearing stars (especially Kendrick, Skylar Astin, and the breakout, the hilarious Rebel Wilson) to keep everything fresh and engaging. This is the movie Revenge of the Nerds wanted to be but never quite got there. It's also funnier and has better performances than Glee. Pitch Perfect isn't a perfect movie, but it's highly entertaining and infectious. It's fun, it's peppy, and you can dance to it. I give it a thumbs-up.
May 1, 2013