The Grade Book: “Pitch Perfect”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pitch Perfect

Plot: A girl who dreams of becoming a DJ joins her college’s all-girl singing group, and helps them to make it to the top. 

Director: Jason Moore. 

Writer: Kay Cannon. 

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, and Ben Platt. 

Genre: Comedy, Musical.

Running Time: 1 hour and 52 minutes.

MPAA Rating: PG-13.

 

WE LIVE FILM GRADE AVERAGE: B

AMOUNT OF REVIEWS IN GRADE BOOK: 6

SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: Pitch Perfect is predictable and cliche, but its comedic moments and musical numbers make it an enjoyable time. And Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson really shine among the cast.

 

REVIEWS:

  • Ryan Fecskovics:

Grade: B+

Predictable, cliche, and cheesy, but fun and vibrant. Anna Kendrick gives another structured performance, as well as Rebel Wilson. Maybe not the #1 movie to watch at the moment, but will likely have staying power in the future.

  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):

 

Grade: B-

This film was back and forth for me, but in the end, I enjoyed watching it and it didn’t help that it had so many pretty girls!

  • Zachary S. Marsh:

Grade: B+

A surprisingly satisfying musical comedy that, while having a rushed ending and some pacing problems, was hilarious, charming, well acted/written, and smarter than one would think it is. This is a better episode of Glee than anything that aired during the third season and the current fourth season.

  • Jake Peffer:

Grade: B+

This is the surprise hit of the year. Everyone involved does a great job during the singing performances and makes you want to sing along with them. Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, and John Michael Higgins definitely steal the show — and this is the perfect starring vehicle for Anna Kendrick.

  • Daniel Rester:

Grade: B-

I’m not the biggest fan of modern pop music, or a big fan of musicals in general, but Pitch Perfect actually surprised me. Is it predictable and silly? Yes, but there are also some genuine laughs (a lot of jokes come from Rebel Wilson) and good musical numbers to be found here. And I also really enjoyed the chemistry between Anna Kendrick and Skylar Astin. The biggest gripe I actually have with the film is the sound editing, as I could pick out many moments where the audio tracks didn’t quite line up during the singing. Still, it’s enjoyable for what it is.

  • Brandt Sohn (Film Recall Sohn):

Grade: B

This may be a predictable story that we have seen plenty of times before, but the cast and the writing make up for the cliches. The covers and remixes are good and were catchy to listen to. Rebel Wilson steals the movie as Fat Amy, but the rest of the cast had great line deliveries as well. Not all of the jokes worked for me, but there are still plenty of laughs to be had in this surprising comedy.

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