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Pitch Perfect 

★★ 1/2

Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and Skylar Astin. Written by Kay Cannon and Mickey Rapkin. Directed by Jason Moore. Produced by Elizabeth Banks, Paul Brooks, Michael Flannigan, Max Handelman, Jeff Levine, Sian McArthur and Scott Niemeyer.

Pitch Perfect is essentially a feature length episode of Glee, so the spontaneous bursting into song and dance, whether it be on the stage or the streets, is the main attraction. Accapella versions of anything from Ace of Base's "I Saw the Sign" to David Guetta's "Titanium" will have you at least tapping your foot along to the beat and enjoying the feel-good atmosphere the movie creates. For those who aren't gung-ho about performing arts, however, this movie could be a punishment of sorts, shamelessly sensationalizing singers and performers. There are two a cappella groups at Barden University- the prim and proper female Bella's and the risk-taking, rule-breaking male Treble Maker's. Every year, the Bella's lose to the Treble Maker's because of their lack of creativity and inability to think outside of the box in regards to song selection. Luckily, this year, dark and boyish DJ, Beca (Kendrick) needs to join an organization at the request of her father and brings some much-needed edge to their group.

Aside from the fact that Kendrick is miscast as the tomboy with an attitude, the film showcases plenty of fresh young comedic talent, particularly Wilson in her signature eccentric flighty role which doesn't vary much but works. Ultimately, the writing is what stunts the movie, creating a bunch of caricatures and only showing glimpses of a real character and expecting the audience to care for them- they provide us with the rebel, the nice guy, the mean girl, the crazy girl and so on, all of which are the main characters of the movie (including the protagonist). So, the romance that forms between Beca and Jesse (Astin) comes off as slightly confusing, as we're never given a reason to believe they have a connection other than one night of watching a movie together or that they should stay together.

Cliches are what this movie thrives on, so if you were expecting something fresh, this movie won't deliver. It does, however succeed in reviving old songs and putting a new spin on them, which makes for a fun experience without much substance.

—Rebecca Hillary



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