Universal // 2012 // 112 Minutes // Rated PG-13
Reviewed by Judge Brett Cullum // January 2nd, 2013
Get Pitch Slapped!
Somewhere between Glee and American Pie this movie takes a capella singing and introduces it to the college sex comedy. Pitch Perfect never feels original, but it is worth a smile or two as it bounces along on the tried and true tropes set up by so many that came before it. It has a nice cast, some good musical numbers, and a secret weapon in comedienne Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids).
Becca (Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air) arrives at college with dreams of becoming a music producing deejay, but her professor father encourages her to find a group that will round out her experience and provide friends. Somehow she ends up being recruited by the all-girl a capella singing team "The Bellas." This one-time gaggle of warbling snooty beauties wrecked their reputation with a disastrous onstage accident, and now are now relegated to being a ragtag team of social misfits, including an Australian foreign-exchange student (Wilson) and any other freak who can carry a tune. Of course, they'll have to band together to beat the school's rival male team, and learn lessons about sisterhood and singing along the way.
I wound up smiling most of the way through Pitch Perfect, finding it charming enough to pass the time. It's cool to see Anna Kendrick in a lead role, because she's not your typical WB beauty. She's mousey, intelligent, and you like her immediately. It's easy to believe her as a smart cool girl who shows up to college searching for something, though not sure what that something is. She and her castmates carry the film until Rebel Wilson steals every scene she's in. Rebel was allowed a lot of freedom to improvise on set, with impeccable timing and deadpan delivery. None of the singing is quite up to Glee standards, but the a capella routines work. Interestingly enough, Ester Dean gets to sing "S&M," a song she wrote for Rhianna. There's a wealth of talent on the screen, and it's no surprise Kendrick got her acting career started on Broadway belting out show tunes. With its blend of musical comedy and a script that carries it all from point A to B, the film can't lose.
Universal's Blu-ray treatment offers up a 1.85:1/1080p high definition transfer with exceptional detail and color saturation, as well as two DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio tracks (English and French). Bonus features include two commentaries, deleted scenes and blooper reels, music videos, and making of featurettes. We also get the combo pack approach, with DVD, Digital, and UltraViolet copies to suit your respective needs.
Pitch Perfect does nothing more than take the popularity of Glee and combine it with a light stereotypical collegiate comedy where the underdogs have to beat the popular kids. Okay, so the popular kids are singing and dancing nerds, but this is 2012 where that seems to rule.
Guilty of being a nice time.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080p)
* DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio (English)
* DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio (French)
* English (SDH)
Running Time: 112 Minutes
Release Year: 2012
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13
* Deleted/Extended Scenes
* Gag Reel
* Music Video
* DVD Copy
* Digital Copy
* UltraViolet Download