Freelance writer. Melbourne based cinephile. Fond of food.
Published November 18th 2012
Destined for camp classic status, Pitch Perfect will draw comparisons with Bring It On and Glee, but is much better than both of them.
Set in the cut-throat world of collegiate a cappella song contests, our entry into this world is Beca - a smart, independent girl with a burning ambition to be a DJ. The way she waxes lyrical about mixing beats, and listening to samples of her mashes, makes you wish that this side of her was actually the main thread of the film. Maybe the sequel can be about her career on the decks.
Despite being blessed with sweet vocal chords, Beca has no interest in joining any of the a cappella teams at her new college. In order to appease her Dad, however, she must prove she can take the blinkers off her single-minded ambitions long enough to contribute meaningfully to some kind of group activity.
The a cappella team she joins is a disparate group of girls labouring under the draconian leadership of control freak Aubrey, who despite her strict rules, is most famous for blowing chunks when under pressure. This gives way to the kind of female-centric bodily-functions-as-humour that made Bridesmaids such a hit.
Vomit aside, Pitch is crammed with wit, sharp dialogue, neat pop culture references, snappy song and dance numbers, sweet romantic moments, great comedic performances, and most importantly, characters that are great fun to spend time with.
Anna Kendrick always brings a winsome pluckiness to her roles, and she makes a fine screen heroine here, but without a doubt the film's stand-out is our own Rebel Wilson. Whether doing a mermaid dance on the ground, belting out a raucous number on stage, or dishing out droll one-liners, she is an absolute riot.
Pitch Perfect is a crowd-pleaser which has exceeded all expectations at the American box office. No doubt it will meet with similar success here.