Pitch Perfect is -- at least at times -- charming. Set at a swank college, the film's focus is guys and gals involved in a cappella group competition. You're given the impression that it's a hot thing to do on the nation's college campuses.
While that's a little hard to buy, the after school special plot of Pitch Perfect is not. Offering no surprises, "Twilight" and "50/50's" star Anna Kendrick and popular comedienne Rebel Wilson lead a cast of sometimes catty chicks focused on hitting the perfect high C.
All of the actors and actresses in the film do their own vocals and the music runs from exceptional at times to just decent at others. The same can be said for the acting and the characters. The ladies a cappella group's bitter rivals are an obnoxious group of guys. Romance -- of course -- flourishes between Kendrick's character and one of the guys.
You've seen this rom-com concept or something close to it dozens of times. Same with the characters. Nothing noteworthy there, too, as the characters sing the same stale song as the plot.
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The one bright spot is Wilson, who with wonderful good humor plays a character who calls herself Fat Amy. Fat chance you'll escape any of her lines without laughing. She's flat out fun and funny and -- if this type of movie is your thing -- makes the movie worth catching.
Pitch Perfect isn't perfect. It's not even close. But if this kind of thing -- teen girls and young women -- is your thing, it's not bad.
Mr. Movie rating: 3 stars
Director: Jason Moore
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin, Brittany Snow
Rated PG-13 for mature themes. It is playing at the Carmike 12, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.