Pitch Perfect Proves That All The Plastics Needed To Reconcile Was An A Capella Group

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This is the first I’ve heard of Pitch Perfect, which looks to be “Mean Girls meets Glee” but has thankfully drawn more from Tina Fey‘s classic than the latter. Anna Kendrick is in the Lindsay Lohan role as a college freshman, but her character Beca doesn’t care that she doesn’t fit into any of the cliques at her new school. (You know she’s hardcore because her name has only one “c.”) However, she soon gets roped into the all-girl a capella group, by its pushy queen bee Brittany Snow.

What’s funny is that Brittany herself was sort of playing Cady Heron in 2006′s John Tucker Must Die, but now she’s in full-on Regina George mode. However, Pitch Perfect distances itself from Mean Girls right in the premise: These girls, who would never hang out in the quad together, bond because of how good they sound when they sing together. Of course, their realization that they have to switch from ’90s hits like “I Saw the Sign” to super-hip mash-ups smacks a bit of a movie circa 2007. Then again, Anna and Brittany have really lovely voices. And considering that Anna’s love interest is Shoshanna’s douchey camp crush from Girls, you get some schadenfreude out of watching the girls “pitchslap” the boys with their rendition of “I Like the Way You Work It (No Diggity).”

It’s a little unfortunate that Rebel Wilson feels she has to keep playing touched-in-the-head characters: Following her amazing debut as Annie’s hapless roommate in Bridesmaids, she’s popped up as a socially awkward high schooler in Struck By Lightning, and here she’s the clueless Fat Amy. However, she does get a great line in the trailer: When the douchey guy suggests they kiss, she comes back with, “I sometimes have a feeling I can do crystal meth… then I think, Ehh, better not.

All in all, Pitch Perfect looks smart and snarky, and features our favorite up-and-coming stars belting out rap. Yeah, sign us up.

Photo: Universal Pictures

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    • prettygirlww

      So, I’ve seen the movie and it’s kind of amazing how trailers will mislead you about characters or how the film is.

      Brittany actually plays a really adorable, great girl, not a Regina George. If anyone is Regina George it’s Anna Camp (the super skinny blonde from True Blood and Glee), and she’s in a Mean Girls clique of one. And that one guy from the competing boys group is also in a mean boys group of one. Everyone else is just trying to do their best, be part of a social group and understand who they are.

      There is a LOT of comedy in this and Rebel Wilson doesn’t make that many fat jokes about herself as she does in the trailer. At least one of those jokes wasn’t in the cut that I saw. She does play a bit touched-in-the-head, but we also know that she knows exactly what she’s doing when she acts and says what she does in the film, so she’s not unempowered, it’s a choice. And she is over-the-top hilarious throughout, she’s probably tied for first place for best thing in the movie. The other best thing is the singing, I’ve been waiting to hear Anna really sing since she did that insane performance of ‘Ladies who Lunch’ in the terrible-but-great-because-it’s-terrible Camp. I’ve kept my eye on her since then because she is something special. Anyway, the songs are really fun, about a million times more germane to the plot point and story progression at hand than in Glee and when she hits those moments her voice cuts right through you in the best possible way.

      There are some flatter points or ones that could use some more development, hopefully they’re not done working on it and will tighten up a bit, but overall this was more like if you got to see a fictionalized story version behind the collegiate acapella groups that are on The Sing Off.

      It’s worth seeing for Rebel, Anna and the music alone. There are some fun characters along the way as well…

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    • Bri

      Interestingly enough, I just saw this movie and there’s a scene in the trailer that’s NOT in the movie. (The “How are we going to pay for Regionals?” scene.) It was a GREAT movie without it though.