5 Reasons You Should Absolutely See
Pitch Perfect This Weekend
12:30 pm, October 5th | by
Last weekend I had the honor — nay, the privilege! — of seeing Pitch Perfect, the new comedy about a ragtag college a capella group. I can’t deny that, as someone who spent a lot of time singing alto on jams like “Route 66″ and “The Longest Time” in high school, and as someone who loves a good arts competition movie, this was always going to be catnip to me. But even if both of the things I just listed made your skin crawl, you should go see this movie. Because it’s really, really good. Here are five arguments in its favor:
1. Rebel Wilson
Rebel Wilson was already a scene stealer in Bridesmaids and a sweet bride-to-be in Bachelorette, but she is great in this movie as a student who not only owns her fuller figure but actually has some of the most successful game out of her fellow Barton Bellas. Also, not for nothing, but her eye makeup is really pretty throughout, and she introduces everyone to the concept of "horizontal running," both of which ought to be celebrated.
2. The leads are all great singers
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leads People might not remember Anna Kendrick as the creepy role usurper Fritzi Wagner in
, but she's been singing for a long time and has a beautiful voice. I was surprised at how good Anna Camp (who I've only ever seen in Camp Mad Men and The Mindy Project, and who I suspect may blow up after this year) and Brittany Snow were. Rebel Wilson also has a lovely voice, frequent Rihanna songwriter Ester Dean is great, and Hana Mae Lee is the group's vocal percussionist who barely speaks but for a few lines, which are some of the best in the film.
3. Kay Cannon
Kay Cannon wrote the script for
Pitch Perfect — this girl is going to be everywhere soon, and deservedly so. She's an improv comic who has performed with Second City and the Upright Citizens Brigade, she writes for New Girl, and she recently sold a pilot of her own to FOX. And girl's script is tight — no thread is dropped, every joke and theme cycles beautifully throughout the movie, and she uses every member of the ensemble to terrific effect. I died over this script — it might be my favorite thing about the movie. Well, the audition montage was pretty solid. And the finale. And the "Riff-Off." Aaaaahhh, let's move on.
4. Elizabeth Banks Produces
Elizabeth Banks rounds out the very lady-centric production as a
producer, and also has a small role as one of two commentators at the national competition in Lincoln Center that bookends the movie. She has a wonderful Best In Show rapport with John Michael Higgins as the other commentator, and it's awesome to see established funny women supporting other up-and-coming funny women.
Bridesmaids came out, and everyone was like "OMG can female-driven comedies really succeed? Will anyone want to see them?" How dumb does that sound now? Even though I didn't enjoy , I think it's part of a growing body of female-driven films written by women, produced by women and acted in by women that are so sharp, intelligent and funny that it gives me goosebumps. Bachelorette Pitch Perfect, despite being a totally different story, feels like an heir to Bridesmaids, with its strong ensemble, sharp writing by a veteran female comedian, sly humor and spirit. We can only benefit from more of these movies, and you should support the trend by seeing it this weekend. Oh and also, you will have an awesome time. Aca-promise you that. (Sorry, inside joke.)
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