Pitch Perfect is one more in an ongoing stream of TV shows and movies attempting to cash in on the success of the song based shows and movies currently being seen all over TV and theater screens across the country. Needless to say that considering this it is anything but an original work. It’s another of those works in which an unlikely group of protagonists comes together despite its members’ differences to come out on top and be the best of friends in the end. Though to its defense one can at least say that lip synched or not, the musical numbers are catchy enough to make the rest of the tween and teen centric story bearable.
Pitch Perfect is hardly perfect. Audiences have already seen similar plotlines in the likes of Fox’s Glee. Even NBC has its own singing contest in which groups compete by singing a capella for a major financial payout at the show’s finale each season. And anyone who has seen Lindsay Lohan’s starring vehicle, Mean Girls, will see a hint of that movie here, too. There’s even a touch of Romeo & Juliet with the two a capella groups feuding just as the Capulets and Monatgues, while young Becca (Anna Kendrick) and Jesse (Skylar Astin) play the roles of Romeo and Juliet. Seeing all of this, one can’t help but wonder how in the world this story managed to stay afloat. But somehow it did manage it amazingly enough. And thanks to that, it will appeal to its key tween and teen audiences. Those same audiences will especially enjoy the movie’s musical numbers. The covers of the familiar pop tunes will have said audiences dancing and singing along in their own living rooms now that the movie has been released to DVD, Blu-ray and digital.
The movie’s key audiences will no doubt enjoy its musical numbers. They will also appreciate the dynamic between the movie’s largely female cast as each member brings something different to the table. Each girl comes from a different background, leading them to have to learn one another and learn how to coexist as a group. It also leads the Bellas’ long running leader Aubrey (Anna Camp) to learn a rather valuable lesson herself, which eventually leads to the story’s happy, sappy and largely predictable ending. Sure, its ending is sappy and predictable. But that can be forgiven considering the lesson it teaches its viewers. It teaches viewers that by accepting each other for who they are, a group can achieve anything. It’s for that reason and for the standard romance story and songs that Pit Perfect will hit the right notes with its intended audiences.
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