Pitch Perfect tweaks the feel good movie recipe with geeky ingredients – oddball characters with one line zingers and catchy pop mash-ups – and executes it well enough to create an enjoyable, spirited, and funny movie.

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. 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. — (C) Universal

Pitch Perfect borrows ideas from Bring it On, Mean Girls, and Glee (first season before it went downhill) but it’s a smartly written film.

The characters aren’t your typical fresh faced barbie dolls, but a mix of amusing personalities.

As the plot propels the all too familiar story, the movie throws in one-liners and catchy pop mash-ups to keep everything lively. The romance didn’t enlist the standard hunk and opts for the amiable ordinary college guy to get the alt girl out of her shell.

The whole cast is great, with Rebel Wilson and Hana Mae Lee stealing the spotlight from lead Ana Kendrick with every line. The commentators add wry humor to the mix.

In detail, the movie suffers from stereotypes (alt-girl wears lot of eye make-up, black lesbian looks like a dude), forgettable romance (Jesse’s amusing, but there’s no chemistry here), and glossed over points (Breakfast Club? Instant Bella super group?).

But thanks to its characters, ear worming A capella, and well executed story, Pitch Perfect succeeds despite its formulaic shortcomings.

My Rating: 7/10

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