I went to see Pitch Perfect expecting to enjoy a fun and funny light-hearted romp about Collegiate A cappella groups.
I did enjoy the movie, laughed out loud a few times and will purchase it for my collection to watch again.
The thing is that I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would and I wonder if it’s because I’m getting older or is it that I have a different sense of humour than the audience this movie is aimed at. Admittedly there are a few of the Judd Apatow type movies that I like but most of these movies I find repulsive. Even the ones I like (Get Him To The Greek, Bridesmaids) have scenes that I cringe at. This type of gross or potty humour has never really appealed to me and that is my one big problem with Pitch Perfect. It fell flat for me because of that.
The music is fun and done really well. I like that it portrays the main characters as not just fame hungry wanna be singers. One wants to be a DJ and one wants to score movies. I like that Fat Amy is confident and content with herself and even portrayed as sexy. It’s enjoyable for me (someone in their 40’s) to see the movies of my teenage years to still be so revered (Breakfast Club, Say Anything, etc.). I really enjoy the fact that they portray a variety of different women. Gone are the days when girls had to be demure and virginal. A couple of the girls are strongly sexually active, one has a gambling problem, some are shy, others outgoing, and yes some are more demure. I really enjoy the variety of personalities shown in this grouping.
I also could have done with out all the over used Acca- phrases thrown out, though a few of them were quite clever.
Is the movie predictable. Sure is! That is not necessarily a bad thing though. The nerds and weirdos come into their own and lets face it, rooting for the underdog is what we do and what these movies are all about. Overall the movie was a good time on a dreary Saturday afternoon.
I give Pitch Perfect 3 and 1/2 film reels out of 5