Pitch Perfect

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +1

Content: -3

Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson. Musical comedy. Written by Kay Cannon, Mickey Rapkin. Directed by Jason Moore.

FILM SYNOPSIS: A freshman at Barden University, Beca (with one “c”) soon joins The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. It should be noted that we discover on her arrival that Beca’s roommate is an Asian girl with attitude, much like a goth girl without the heavy black eyeliner, who delights in calling Beca the “white girl”. Could this be the only person on campus with attitude? No. Most girls at this college resemble the adversary to the star of each and every Nickelodeon tween series. Only here, they get to call each other “Bitch.” Even Beca has her dark moments, usually in the form of temper tantrums towards her father and the boy at school who dotes on her every whim. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, despite its leader’s draconian control, Beca helps the group battle their male rivals in a championship a cappella competition.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Under the protective auspices of Universal Studios, Dr. Frankenstein is at it again, this time attempting to create an entertainment subgenre by assembling spare parts left over from other cinematic atrocities. He combines the song-singing rivalries from Disney’s High School Musical and Glee with the mean girl comedy of the Bring It On franchise, hoping to give life to his vision of the new Hollywood musical. To ensure the stability of his cinematic creation, the good doctor breathes into his motionless slab the essence of this era’s school of comedy, which substitutes crude and irreverent dialogue for perceptive wit. His mindless creature then fumbles and stumbles around, occasionally resembling something worthy of all that celluloid. If we peasants had any sense, we’ll pick up our torches and storm the Universal castle, assuring the end of such entertainment monstrosities.

Snideness aside, those involved have proven their cinematic chops. The star, Anna Kindrick, has even been nominated for a best supporting Oscar (Up In the Air). I’m not ridiculing the filmmakers’ abilities. But as with most comedies filling the Cineplexes, the humor is generated from excess. Everybody gets to curse (always so lady-like), the lead even profaning Jesus’ name. There are lots of lesbian jokes and each of the female stars, each nearer to 30 than to 20, playing college coeds in a movie aimed at junior high girls, plays her part as if her reality were based upon a cable sitcom. Oops, there I go again with snideness.

Bottom line, it’s truly a chick flick, as I’m assuming its directive is to introduce middle school girls to the fantasies of dorm life. There’s nothing fresh in the film, except Fat Amy (that’s what she calls herself), who delivers the raunchy punch puns after each lame setup. The biggest laughs were generated from the I-can’t-believe-I-just-heard-that concept that dominates the comedy scene of today. Forget observational humor, when you’ve got a character named Fat Amy. As to the music, there’s lots of it. And it’s as memorable as Lady Gaga’s last wardrobe.

I don’t like being so snide. So, let’s leave on a kinder, gentler note. Let’s point out a positive, uplifting moment that will inspire…I’m thinking, I’m thinking.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Universal Studios

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Crude Language: Lots of sexual innuendo and crass sexual remarks.

Obscene Language: Around ten obscenities – mostly the s-word – as well as nearly all the ladies use the word “bitch” to describe one another.

Profanity: Two misuses of Christ’s name and the expression “oh my God” is uttered upon occasion.

Violence: None

Sex: A couple of sexual situations; a shower scene, though no nudity, a great deal of sexual references and much of the humor is based on sexuality; some references to a lesbian.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Some drinking.

Other: None

Running Time: 112 minutes
Intended Audience: ???

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