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Pitch Perfect

comedy


Beca (Anna Kendrick) arrives at her new college to find herself not right for any clique but somehow muscled into one she never would have picked on her own.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    81%
  • Audience Score
    83%

common sense

ON for kids age 14
Consumerism
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

Edgy, teen-friendly musical comedy uplifts with song, heart.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pitch Perfect -- a winning musical comedy about a fiercely independent college student -- will give teens (and adults) plenty to like. Expect some strong language ("s--t," "bitch," "d--k," and one use of "f--k"), drug references, and underage drinking (though it's not heavily emphasized). There's also some kissing and lots of sexual innuendo and some sexual discussion, plus several jokes about a lesbian character's attraction to other women in the group. Although the young women portrayed here are, for the most part, strong and confident, sometimes a shaming word, "slut," is used to refer to them.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why Beca seems so jaded when she first steps on campus. Is her position -- that she doesn't need to be in college to pursue her dream -- defensible?
  • Fat Amy calls herself "fat" as a way to get ahead of any possible bullying and because she's proud of herself just the way she is. What do you think of this approach? (Also, talk to your kids about bullying and how to handle it if it happens.)
  • Are college campuses really rife with this much competition among student groups? Are a cappella groups this cutthroat? What's the realistic take on this?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    81%
    reviews counted: 20
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  • Audience

    83%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: "Pitch Perfect" doesn't take itself any more seriously than it has to, and has plenty of fun both sending up and celebrating its subject matter.

- Adam Graham, Detroit News, Friday, September 28, 2012

Fresh: "Pitch Perfect" is major key all the way, a blast of tuneful sugary cheer kicked up with enough tart humor to offset the glucose.

- Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, September 28, 2012

Fresh: What helps offset the predictable in this very predictable movie is a series of show-stopping numbers, so props to the folks who oversaw music and choreography. But the true saving grace is a few of the central players.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, September 27, 2012

Audience Reviews

4 stars

I must admit the phrase "cu-throat college acapella contest" makes me laugh. But so did the movie. It was a very funny daughter of Glee and the question I have to ask is: don't kids do anything in school besides sing? Not that there's anything wrong with that and my own hs experience (if that's what you would call it) would have been more lighthearted with more singing. But the music was wonderful. The romance between the male and female leads is believable--he pushes in, she pushes away. The relationship between Becca and her father is spot on--father bargaining with her to go to college before persuing what is clearly her passion. The female types in movies never seem to change. Actually, neither do the males. Very entertaining.

- bathshebamonk, Monday, November 12, 2012

3 stars

Jason Moore's Pitch Perfect isn't perfect by any means, but a comedic musical it definitely is.Despite a predictable storyline, the 110 minutes tend to fly by pretty quickly. The variety of characters and the humor that comes at the expense of them are a highlight and is exactly what keeps this film afloat.The musical numbers aren't necessarily exceptional, but they are amusing nonetheless with a mix of modern, as well as older pieces. At times, the story tends to shine away from the music, and focus more on the minor romance and spitting out laughs.Anna Kendrick proves worthy to carry a film like this and her singing voice is a nice touch. Rebel Wilson is full of laughs, while Anna Camp and Brittany Snow get by as some major supporting characters. Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins are notable for their commentary.Pitch Perfect has character and that is enough to recommend for an aca-watch.

- skactopus, Saturday, November 3, 2012

4 stars

Wouldn't say that it's pitch perfect, but certainly hits a lot of the right notes. Very, very close to becoming unwatchably cheesy at certain points, but it always caught itself just in time with a music number or close ups of Anna Kendrick being charming. Nothing but a good time. Mindless entertainment approved.

- jarobb3, Friday, October 19, 2012