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Kids who can’t get enough of Fox’s “Glee” will surely be lining up for this one, I would imagine. It’s basically everything that “Glee” is — way too old people playing way younger onscreen, though at least in this case they’re supposed to be in college. How old are the people on “Glee”, 30-somethings playing teenagers in high school? Anyways, “Pitch Perfect” isn’t anything you haven’t seen before. Heck, movies like this thrives on their formulaic nature. You basically knows how it’ll go from Act to Act, and I suspect by the time the Third Act rolls around, our heroine will have left the band, only to make her triumphant return for a crowdpleasing finale, etc etc. But hey, at least it all sounds good, and it looks reasonably funny. I mean, it already has that over, say, Adam Sandler’s “That’s My Boy”. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the film became the surprise hit of 2012 and ended spawning a bunch of direct-to-DVD sequels.
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. When Beca takes this acoustic singing group out of their world of traditional arrangements and perfect harmonies into all-new mash-ups, they fight to climb their way to the top of the cutthroat world of college a cappella. This could wind up either the coolest thing they’ll ever do or the most insane, and it will probably be a little of both.
Starring Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson, Alexis Knapp, Adam DeVine, and Freddie Stroma.
Pitching for your dollars October 5, 2012.