Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 52 minutes.
by Universal Pictures
Kendrick and Skylar Astin in Universal Pictures' "Pitch
Perfect" - 2012
Anna Kendrick is one
of my favorite actresses right now. I really enjoyed her work
in “Up in the Air” and “50/50.” When I
heard she was in this movie, I put it on my list of must-see films.
Kendrick stars as Beca,
a college freshman with no interest in joining on-campus clubs
or organizations. She spent most of her time making music on her
laptop. Beca was about to give up on college and move to L.A.
to become a DJ. Her father encouraged her to stay in college and
if it didn’t work out after one year, he would help her
move to the city of Angels.
Beca went to check
out the activities event with her shy roommate and later decided
to join the Barden Bells, an all-girl a cappella singing group.
They only sang female pop songs and were known for their perfect
looks. She was a downer and only really joined because of her
One of the lines that
I remember from this movie is when Beca told her singing mates,
“None of these songs are from this century.” It was
easy to tell that she was not giving it her 100 percent.
Then, she met up with
Jesse (played by Skylar Astin) who sang with a rival all-male
a cappella group known as the Treble Makers. The two began getting
The Barden Bellas finished
second in regionals, but did not qualify in one of the top two
stops at semi-finals meaning they were out of the competition.
Shortly after, the two leaders of the group, Chloe (played by
Brittany Snow) and Aubrey (played by Anna Camp), got into a pissing
After an investigation
determined that one of the top two a cappella groups had a member
that was not actually in college, they were disqualified. That
cleared the way for the Barden Bellas to perform in the finals
at the Lincoln Center in New York City.
Then, Beca stepped
up and became the new leader of the a cappella group. She made
the decision to stop singing old songs from the ‘80s and
begin singing newer songs that are on the radio today.
You’ll have to
go see the movie in order to find out how the Barden Bellas did
Jason Moore directed
“Pitch Perfect.” Mickey Rapkin wrote the book while
Kay Cannon wrote the screenplay adaptation. Other stars include
Ben Platt, Rebel Wilson, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean and Hanna Mae
Lee. The movie was shot entirely within the state of Louisiana.
It is Rated PG-13 for sexual material, language and drug references.
The first five minutes
of this movie were really slow. Don’t give up on it right
away. You won’t even see Anna Kendrick until after the words
“Pitch Perfect” are shown on the screen. Once that
happens, you are in the driver’s seat for a great movie.
I think this movie will do really well, especially with the popularity
of the FOX series “Glee.”
credit: Universal Pictures
Perfect movie poster