Pitch Perfect (2012)


  • Directed by Jason Moore
  • Starring Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp
  • Written by Kay Cannon
  • Comedy
  • Rated PG-13
  • 112 mins.
  • 5 October 2012


Becca, a college freshman, joins her college girls’ a cappella group, the Barden Bellas, in a deal with her father that, should she make friends and enjoy the college experience, he’ll let her drop out and move to LA to start her career as a DJ.

How’s the Story?

It’s a pretty classic basic tale of a girl learning the importance of friendship in building one’s personality, but the way it’s presented is absolutely unique and interesting in the best way. I like these talent competition movies like this. When I was little it was Bring It On with the cheer leading, then when I was a teen it was dance movies, and here we have a singing movie when I was in college. I actually didn’t see this movie when it first came out, I saw it for the first time LAST year, and I liked it, but every time I see it, I like it more.

How’s the Acting?

The acting is pretty good. This is a pretty ‘insert tab a into slot b’ type of caricature acting more than ACTING, but it’s all good. Everybody fills their roles well and some of the comedic timing is just perfect, which is a big plus. All in all it’s nothing to write home about but in a good way because nobody sucks.

How’s the Writing/Directing?

I love the way this film is written, because it doesn’t play into the catty stereotypes about girls Becca’s age. The whole point of the story and her character progression is to take her from the “I’m not like other girls” type of girl into a girl who embraces other women. To sound like a total weeb, it’s basically the movie version of the deconstruction of the tsundere, where the character that seems to not care turns out to care a LOT. This is one of my favorite ‘good feminist film’ movies because the whole thing is about girls working together and unlearning all the stuff society corals us into about how other women are always your competition for everything. The way this movie is written just highlights all of that stuff and shows it being broken down.

How’s the Cinematography?

The cinematography is really simple, and maybe not the best, but it’s okay. This isn’t a visual masterpiece, it’s a fun movie with good themes. There are some scenes that are pretty lazily edited where shot-reverse-shot is used in a really easy cop out kind of way, but otherwise there’s nothing offensive about it.

Is It Worth Watching?

Pitch Perfect is the kind of movie that you can just put on and enjoy. It’s a great ‘weekend afternoon’ type of movie, because it’s light and simple but thoroughly entertaining (and fun to sing along to if you’re the type and you’re watching it alone). It’s hilarious, it’s smart with its intentions, and it’s a great movie for women. It’s on my list of favorite feminist films because it’s just a great film to remind girls that girls are awesome that everybody can appreciate.

Also, on a selfish note, I have to say the fact the main character is an alto makes me soooo happy because I get really sick of all the main characters in movies with singing in them being damn sopranos. ALTOS ARE IMPORTANT, TOO!

My Rating: 7/10

About J. Chelsea Williford

Movie addict, reader, writer, pop culture lover.
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