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Pitch Perfect? Talk about false advertising....
Universal / 112 Minutes / 2012 / Rated PG-13 / Street Date: December 18, 2012
Pitch Perfect came out of nowhere and put quite a bit of change in its pocket during its quiet early-fall release this year. Doing for glee clubs what Step Up did for dancing, this Bring It On for the karaoke crowd made a substantial connection with audiences, though in watching the film on this new high-def edition, it's nearly impossible to see why.
First off, I suppose it's fair that I out myself as an anti-Gleek. There are DVDFile writers who continue to hang on every earnest pop-drivel moment of Jane Lynch's show, but I've never been able to get through a full episode by choice. And Ryan Murphy's show is without question a precursor to Pitch Perfect: its influence lies around every corner. In short - if you love Glee, you'll like Pitch Perfect a helluva lot more than this guy did.
See, there's a sing-off every year, and at Barden University, the Bellas (their team) just isn't what it should be. Aubrey (Anna Camp) and Chloe (Brittany Snow) want to go all the way and win that championship, but they know if that's going to happen, they'll need to take some drastic measures. That means enlisting wildcard talents - in the form of characters played by Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Hana Mae Lee, among others - and struggling against the odds to make their dreams come true.
Pitch Perfect offers up some impressive fart and bathroom jokes that clearly cater to the male crowd - these don't go unnoticed - but they don't exactly level the playing field. Pitch Perfect wants to be more than an extended Glee episode, but at the end of the day, that's really all it is. There is singing, yes, and more than a little dancing, but disappointingly little heart and soul.