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November 8, 2017

Pitch Perfect 1 (2012) --- "College Freshman Reluctantly Joins A School Singing Group And Finally Watches The Breakfast."

Plot Summary
College student Beca (Anna Kendrick) knows she does not want to be part of a clique, but that's exactly where she finds herself after arriving at her new school. Thrust in among mean gals, nice gals and just plain weird gals, Beca finds that the only thing they have in common is how well they sing together. She takes the women of the group out of their comfort zone of traditional arrangements and into a world of amazing harmonic combinations in a fight to the top of college music competitions. (1) 

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     Inspired by the non-fiction book Pitch Perfect (Mickey Rapkin), director Jason Moore (Sisters) and writer/producer Kay Cannon (30 Rock) create a unique and highly entertaining film that is filled with a lot of great fun and thoughtful character development for each character. Cannon displays her unique style of writing by crafting a highly comedic and fundamentally touching screenplay. While Moore has a confident style of visual storytelling and knows when to let the cast do their own thing. Together Cannon and Moore created a film that is superb entertainment. While the film may be about a college a cappella group, the true message of the story is about realizing what is important in life and relationships.

     Pitch Perfect (2012) is a hilarious musical comedy involving an all-girls college a cappella group that is full of confidence, game-changing ideas, easygoing laughs, and almost endless charisma. Rather than breaking out into random solo ballads, the cast instead only sing when it is necessary; it is a musical done right. The film reminds me of Mean Girls (2004) and Clueless (1995) with its alternative laughs and some unexpected tricks, while the wonderful song choices add a touch of Glee (TV show 2009 – 2015). The singing is fun and great to see but the key part of the entire film is the chemistry between all the characters that provide sharp wit and banter throughout their dialogue. With an ensemble cast you could not have asked for a better group of performers, including the hilarious: Anna Kendrick (Table 19), Brittany Snow (Hairspray), Anna Camp (The Help), Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids), Elizabeth Banks (Hunger Games), and Adam Devine (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates), Skylar Astin (Wreck it Ralph), Ben Platt (Pitch Perfect 2), and John Michael Higgins (Yes Man).

     Overall, Pitch Perfect (2012) is not a masterpiece there were a few minor flaws but the film overall is exciting and entertaining. This is no Oscar Winner but it has a witty script filled with appropriate humor and direction that does its job at providing laughter and smiles throughout. The key aspect of the film is the wonderful characters that are portrayed by fantastic performers. Although keep in mind that the humor in this film is a bit raunchy as it barely misses an R rating but nevertheless it is fun to watch. If you are looking for a drama-comedy and you enjoyed films like Mean Girls, Bring it On (2000), and even Bridesmaids (2011) then Pitch Perfect is for you.

"You guys are gonna get pitch-slapped so hard, your man boobs are gonna concave."
- Fat Amy

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  3.8 of 5 star
Worth Buying:  3.8 of 5 stars

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Movies Similar 
Bridesmaids (2011)
Bring It On (2000)
Drumline (2002)
The DUFF (2015)
Easy A (2010)
Fame (2009)
Footloose (2011)
Hairspray (2007)
House Bunny (2008)
Jem and the Holograms (2015)
Josie and the Pussycats (2001)
Joyful Noise (2012)
Legally Blonde (2001)
Legally Blond 2: Red, White and Blonde (2003)
Mean Girls (2004)
Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)
Raise Your Voice (2004) 

Cast & Crew
Directed by Jason Moore           
Writing Credits Kay Cannon and Mickey Rapkin
Produced by 
     Elizabeth Banks           ---   producer
     Paul Brooks                  ---   producer
     Michael P. Flannigan  ---   line producer
     Max Handelman          ---   producer
     Jeff Levine                    ---   co-producer
     Sian McArthur             ---   associate producer
     Scott Niemeyer            ---   executive producer
     Jonathan Shore           ---   associate producer
Music by Christophe Beck and Mark Kilian    
Cinematography by Julio Macat
Film Editing by Lisa Zeno Churgin
Casting By Kerry Barden and Paul Schnee     
Production Design by Barry Robison
Art Direction by Jeremy Woolsey       
Set Decoration by David Hack 
Costume Design by Salvador PĂ©rez Jr.
Anna Kendrick                     ---        Beca
Skylar Astin                           ---        Jesse
Ben Platt                                  ---        Benji
Brittany Snow                       ---        Chloe
Anna Camp                            ---        Aubrey
Rebel Wilson                         ---        Fat Amy
Alexis Knapp                         ---        Stacie
Ester Dean                              ---        Cynthia Rose
Hana Mae Lee                       ---        Lilly
Kelley Jakle                           ---        Jessica
Wanetah Walmsley            ---        Denise
Shelley Regner                      ---        Ashley
Caroline Fourmy                 ---        Mary Elise
Nicole Lovince                      ---        Kori
Adam Devine                         ---        Bumper
Utkarsh Ambudkar             ---        Donald
Michael Viruet                      ---        Unicycle
David Del Rio                        ---        Kolio
Elizabeth Banks                   ---        Gail
John Michael Higgins       ---        John
John Benjamin Hickey     ---        Dr. Mitchell
Freddie Stroma                    ---        Luke
Jinhee Joung                         ---        Kimmy Jin
Jacob Wysocki                      ---        Justin
Jawan Harris                        ---        Timothy 

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