Movie Review: Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect
Release Date: October 5, 2012
Actors: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, and Rebel Wilson
Director: Jason Moore
Genre: Comedy
Rating: PG-13
Current Location: In Theaters 

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Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.


This review is going to be short and sweet. Did I like this movie? No. Did I want to? Yes. The problem lied with an unlikable lead character and a rather slow plot.

Beca is played by Anna Kendrick (one of my favorite actresses) and right from the start she was kind of a brat. She quickly turned into a full on angsty bitch. I was waiting for the explanation, hoping it was a good one for why the protagonist felt the need to ridicule anything that wasn't DJs and mashing sweet tunes. When we did finally learn the answer, it was too late, and I didn't sympathize enough with Beca's parents' divorce to really codone her bad attitude.

The music was great anytime there were mash-ups  but these are sparse compared to the "bad" song The Bellas keep playing. The plot, laced with music, was dull as a result.

The only spark in the move was Rebel Wilson's "Fat Amy" who proved to be the humor of the film, but she couldn't save the drowning ship from Anna Kendrick's moody stares and pretentious attitude. The love interest was really cute too. He's a lover of The Breakfast Club, so an instant keeper. But since Beca was so unlikable, I didn't even feel she deserved this incredibly nice guy.

Overall, a huge disappointment. I was expecting some great songs and a sweet plot, but it's predicable and...well, one-note.


  1. Yeah I hated Beca....she annoyed me. She reminded me of Bella from Twilight. Gah. But yeah it was slow moving, but it wasn't too bad in my opinion. Here's my review:

    1. LOL :D I didn't get the same reaction from Bella, but yeah, totally understand!

  2. Beca kind of annoyed me a bit, but I still ended up totally loving this movie! For days I was quoting "Fat Amy". I agree she definitely was a huge part of this movie's success. I was totally infatuated with Jesse from the start! A singer, lover of 80's movie and all around cutie---just my type!!! I will definitely be getting this movie when it comes out on DVD.

    1. *OHHH* I could have done without the two vom-scenes though. The second one was especially ridiculous and gross.

    2. The vomit scenes were DISGUSTING! I don't know who likes puke jokes, but I don't find them funny at all. And yes...Fat Amy was so awesome!!

  3. I really enjoyed this movie, but I agree with you on why you didn't like it. The Bella's original songs were lame, but I really liked how they were made fun of - which took the main leader (vomit girl) WAYYY too long to realize that it was time they needed to change. Also really hope they bought a new whistle after the first one flew into the puddle of puke. That scene was completely pointless. They could have had the girls freak out on each other another way, or even if the girl just puked a little bit, and it wasn't the main concern of the scene. Although, I've got to admit, I like her the line when she's like, "I'm not going to hold it in anymore!" which was funny because she meant that in a literal sense, but also because she didn't hold anything in - she told Beca off every time she voiced her opinion and she got on my nerves the most out of the cast.

    The story revolving the guy characters was infinitely better than the girls, although Fat Amy really was the best part of the movie. Even when the main dude leaves in the end to be back up singer... that was random and I didn't see it coming. It didn't really have any evidence or support in my opinion, and I felt they did it just so they could get rid of a guy so they could fit the roommate in (who was another of my favorite minor characters).

    Beca - well. She could have been so much more, but she was so flat. She was mad at her dad (we never see the mom...I think this would have pissed Beca off more, considering she's so mad at her dad), and it was just a little over done. I HATED the scenes where she totally rips the main guy a new one because he stood up for her and called her dad... it was over dramatic and really insensitive. This would have made more sense from a high school setting than a college setting.

    For whatever reason, the little things in the movie made it worth while for me. Her racial roommate, the main guy's roommate, anything to do with Fat Amy, vocal chord nodules (she was the most realistic character in the movie) - "Yea, I'm really confident in all of this." - cracking up remembering that scene.

    The Treblemakers scenes were probably my favorite behind Fat Amy... they had the best song selections and the guys all looked amazing in those velvet blazers. What can I say, I'm a sucker for velvet.

    Sorry you didn't enjoy this... I was let down a little by it as well, but I went into the movie thinking that might happen, so it wasn't too bad. Hopefully Kendrick will learn from this experience...

    1. Whoa, didn't know I rambled that much... my bad!

    2. I LOVE your comments :D I totally hated anytime Beca dissed the lovable 80's guy as well! I agree all the little things were actually great aspects of the movie too. I liked her roommate and the quiet Asain girl. I loved when the guy told her she was adorable when she said "I set fires to feel alive"...something like that, lol :)

      I agree the guys had a WAY better song selection than the Bellas. They were like the Warblers in Glee! And yeah, it was really out of nowhere when the main guy left the group at the end. Did not expect it!

      I do think that I had way too high expectations. But I still love Anna Kendrick. She's my favorite part in the Twilight movies, haha :D And she was amazing in Up In the Air!

      Again, love your comments Sallie!!

    3. I LOVED her in Up In The Air! Even though most people (teen girls) knew her as Jessica (bitchy/pretentious/but hilarious) from Twilight, Up In The Air was targeted at adults so most people got to see her as this fresh faced actress who totally killed it with her character. She just has this way of bringing the comic relief and it's so refreshing. Whenever I see her in a movie, it's instantly better.

      And I happen to love your posts! :)

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