Film #111: Pitch Perfect (2012)

beca-beca-mitchell-pitch-perfect-33271253-964-643Director: Jason Moore
Language: English
Length: 112 minutes
Watched on: 12 January 2014

I missed this when it came out, and thought I might catch up. I watched it the day after Mean Girls, and while it was sort of in the same vein of comedy, it was very different. It follows an a cappella group at college as they compete in national competitions – all female, and their main rival is the all male group from the same college (which seems to be so that the main character can fall in love with a boy from the opposite team and cause rifts between her and the other characters). There’s a heavy focus on the performance of the actors in each musical number.

American college may always remain a mystery to me. While our own universities and colleges have their own strange traditions, the frat boy thing will always continue to elude me, as to why and what they do. Mercifully, this film steers clear of fraternities and sororities per se, although the all-male/all-female rivalry mimics the same kind of interplay, especially the male group, who act in a very laddish, aggressive fashion.

There is a strong sense of hyperbole in the film, especially with the characters. Some are walking stereotypes, although undoubtedly most of them are given well-rounded, complex personalities. Of particular note is the queen bee character, who starts projectile vomiting whenever she gets very stressed, in a way that can’t possibly be true. Another character gets a ridiculous disease and ends up being able to sing the bass parts.

It extends into the story a little too much sometimes, though, and one aspect that I found really unbelievable was the fact that the group performs the same kind of boring song three times in a competition setting, despite having performed some very varied and interesting songs in the meantime. I can tell what purpose this has in the movie – it shows how much the group is stuck in its ways, how much it needs the main character to come along and change it, and how much the queen bee exerts her control over the group – but I had a hard time believing that even someone as much of a control freak as her would be so stubborn and not alter the song at all. Doing another “boring” song would have been more believable.

Nevertheless, ridiculous story aside, there are a lot of good one-liners in the movie, especially from Fat Amy and from the commentators at the competitions. It was good comedy, and although I wouldn’t quite say it was as good as Mean Girls, if only because I wasn’t laughing the whole way through, I would still heartily recommend it.

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  1. Pingback: Film #173: Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) | reuoq

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