‘Pitch Perfect’ is an American musical comedy which I have recently come across. The film was released on September 24, 2012 to generally good reviews. The plot follows an all girl college a cappella group, The Barden Bellas, as they compete against another a cappella group from their college to win Nationals.
The movie has many famous hits from the past being sung a capella, which makes it a hit with young audiences and of course exposes them to the great music of the past. Teenagers can’t get enough of the soundtrack and enjoy watching the movie numerous times.
Directed by Jason Moore (‘Dawson’s Creek’) with a screenplay from Kay Cannon the film has received praise for the fun musical choreographies and arrangements of classic songs. As mentioned before, the story revolves around an all female a capella (no instruments used other than the voices) group from Barden University, who is attempting to come back from a devastatingly humiliating loss in the prior year’s International Championship of Collegiate A Capella.
Of course the drama occurs when the different personalities and wills collide. The leader of the group wants to do things a certain, very particular way, which doesn’t sit well with some of the other members that think that what they are doing won’t lead them anywhere. Add to the mix that in the competition there is also an all boy’s a capella group and things get exponentially interesting.
The cast is mostly made of relatively unknown actors and is based on the book of the same name by author Mickey Rapkin, who is a Senior Editor at GQ and spent a year following a capella collegiate groups and based the novel on the rivalries, singing, partying and other things that go on during these competitions.
The movie was filmed on location at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and completed shooting in December of 2011.
You can find Pitch Perfect on DVD and is now also showing On Demand in the US.