Pitch Perfect (2012)

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Critic Consensus: Pitch Perfect's plot is formulaic, but the performances are excellent and the musical numbers are toe-tapping as well.

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Beca (Anna Kendrick) is that girl who'd rather listen to what's coming out of her headphones than what's coming out of you. Arriving at her new college, she finds herself not right for any clique but somehow is muscled into one that she never would have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together, in the new out-loud comedy Pitch Perfect. When Beca takes this acoustic singing group out of their world of traditional arrangements and perfect harmonies into all-new mash-ups, they fight to climb their way to the top of the cutthroat world of college a cappella. This could wind up either the coolest thing they'll ever do or the most insane, and it will probably be a little of both. -- (C) Universal
Rating:
PG-13 (for sexual material, language and drug references)
Genre:
Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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Cast

Rebel Wilson
as Fat Amy
Ben Platt
as Benji
Anna Camp
as Aubrey
Alexis Knapp
as Stacie
Michael Dean Ester
as Cynthia Rose
Caroline Fourmy
as Mary Elise
Adam DeVine
as Bumper
Michael Viruet
as Unicycle
John Benjamin Hickey
as Dr. Mitchell
Jinhee Joung
as Kimmy Jin
Jacob Wysocki
as Justin
Jawan Harris
as Timothy
Richard Kohnke
as Football Player - ATO
Scott Shilstone
as Frat Boy - ATO
Brock Vincent Kelly
as Howie - ATO
Drew Battles
as Emcee at Regional's
Katrina DeSpain
as Barden Greeter
Lauren Gros
as RIAC Representative #1
Alex Biglane
as RIAC Representative #2
Michael Alexander
as Jewish Student
Tyler Forrest
as High Note #1
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Critic Reviews for Pitch Perfect

All Critics (142) | Top Critics (39)

'30 Rock' and 'New Girl' writer Kay Cannon has created brilliant characters.

Full Review… | December 18, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

The girls, for the most part, are genuinely funny, weird, real, and, most excitingly, confident.

Full Review… | October 8, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

Warblers win the day in this sweet-natured film (based on a swell behind-the-scenes book by Mickey Rapkin) about the life and loves of collegians from competing a-cappella groups.

Full Review… | October 7, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

This is one of the strangest and also one of the more entertaining movies of the year.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

Cannon doesn't go in for rococo hipster badinage in the vein of Diablo Cody. She can pare down a joke to its essence ...

Full Review… | September 30, 2012
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

What we have here is a not-very-funny college comedy for tweens, full of unappealing characters (and although the musical arrangements are fun, some truly unimaginative choreography).

Full Review… | September 28, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Pitch Perfect

It may be conventional and formulaic with nearly all the film clichés that Kendrick's character disdains so much (and not with the originality of the likes of The Breakfast Club), but maybe that is its point after all: to work as a solid predictable comedy. And it does so well.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Bitchtastic. "I can see your toner [ladywood for a member of the nemesis male a capella group]!" "That's my dick." The rising action is a bit slow and repetitive with Aubrey mindlessly sticking to her traditional setlist, but the song and dance numbers at the end really pump up the jam. I used to not care for Anna Kendrick's face or acting - attributing her badass demeanor to mostly costume and make-up - but her pixie-sized sex appeal is just winning as heck. Rebel Wilson is hilariously "a ca-awkward," as are the ragtag team of supporting characters, namely the quiet Asian and her sociopathic murmurings, "I ate my twin in the womb."

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

½

Although not as clever, talented or messaged as television's venerable Glee, Pitch Perfect is a pleasant diversion with fine singing and funny, snarky quips. It would have been better if the characters and situations were developed more. Only half of the potentially interesting characters were exhibited enough to generate real interest. I feel as though a lot of the films' potential was squandered. Still, it's solidly fun and entertaining -- just not as much as it could have been.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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