Film: Pitch Perfect is pitch perfect
October 12th, 2012
Omaha, NE – Can a small-budget female ensemble comedy appeal to a pair of movie dudes? From the Movieha podcast, Ryan Syrek and Matt Lockwood take a look at Pitch Perfect.
Ryan: Let’s get this party started, right: I LOVED Pitch Perfect.
Matt: I wish I could say I was shocked, but I am aware that you attended multiple Lilith Fairs. Your love of singing ladies is so documented, Price Waterhouse may as well certify it.
Ryan: True, but I hate Glee, I hate most movie musicals, and I hate cliches, so on paper, I should have hated Pitch Perfect.
Matt: No, as someone who listens to metal, is still finishing my chest tattoo, and thinks the 1980’s was our greatest musical decade, I am the one who should hate this, but I didn’t. Set in the competitive world of collegiate a cappella singing, which I’m not even sure is a real thing, this movie follows a young aspiring DJ played by Anna Kendrick who is forced by her father to find an activity at college. She reluctantly stumbles upon the all-girl group The Barton Bellas, who are desperate to return to the A Cappella Finals again after blowing it in rather literal fashion the year previous.
Ryan: Because of that embarrassing performance, the two remaining members are forced to take on girls who don’t quite fit the usual prima donna mold, including breakout star Rebel Wilson, who plays Fat Amy. It’s basically The Bad News Bears meets Glee meets every competition movie ever made by Hollywood.
Matt: What sets Pitch Perfect apart is a killer script by Kay Cannon, a writer who penned some of the best episodes of TV’s “30 Rock” and “New Girl.” Combine that with Wilson doing legitimately hilarious improv takes and Kendrick showcasing some amazing vocals, and you have a sleeper hit that will have cross-gender appeal.
Ryan: Exactly! Any misogynistic clown who ever penned an internet post about how “women aren’t funny” should be forced to watch with their eyes propped open by toothpicks. These girls are relentlessly riotous and nail the entire spectrum of jokes from physical gags, to grossout bits to sharp and clever dialogue.
Matt: Yes, it’s cheesy and obvious.
Ryan: Yes, it’s predictable and reductive.
Matt: Yes, it’s wild in terms of pacing and flails about at times.
Ryan: But it’s just so dang good. Take it from two guys well outside the target demographic for this one, Pitch Perfect hits notes we never knew we wanted hit and leaves you singing for more.
Editorial note: The Movieha podcast is produced in partnership with The Reader and is available at thereader.com.
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