Beca (Anna Kendrick) is that girl who’d rather listen to what’s coming out of her headphones than what’s coming out of you. Arriving at her new college, she finds herself not right for any clique but somehow is muscled into one that she never would have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together, in the new out-loud comedy Pitch Perfect.
“Pitch Perfect” is a perfect rip-off of TV’s “Glee” except these kids are in college, which allows for more “adult” behavior, like drinking, talking dirty, engaging in sexual remarks and pranks, including one lesbian who takes every opportunity to “hook up” with the other girls in her acappella group. And there’s one well-endowed girl who admits to having “lots of sex.”
The main story focuses on a boy and girl (surprise) who are destined to get together in the end, despite the predictable misunderstandings and other conflicts we expect to see in a typical boy-girl tryst. Highlights are some very impressive performances put on by the all-boy and an all-girl acappella singing groups competing for the national championships.
The dialog is salted with way too many cutesy phrases like “aca-politics,” “aca-pologize” and “aca-bitches” The music is really quite good and except for one line uttered by a lesbian, “I’ll make you my queen,” the soundtrack might be considered family friendly. The movie, however, is definitely an “aca-problem” and misses out on Dove’s Family Approved Seal.