By Anna Tyler
Most college-themed movies focus on the partying and sports playing; however, the comedy “Pitch Perfect” reveals an aspect of college life that is overlooked: the collegiate a capella world. This film defies the normal a capella stereotypes of being dorky and old fashioned while portraying it as trendy and overpowering.
“Pitch Perfect” follows independent college freshmen Beca (Anna Kendrick) who is coaxed into joining her college’s all-girls a capella group, The Bellas. The Bellas are competing to become number one in the world of collegiate a capella, but the girls first must beat their rival, the all-boys a cappella group on campus, the Treblemakers. The competition adds to the intensity and reality of the film; however, the plot can be a bit predictable.
Kendrick plays a much more confident, mature, and humorous character compared to her role as Jessica in the “Twilight” series. Her real singing voice, which is repeatedly heard throughout the film, is very natural sounding. All the actors in “Pitch Perfect,” including Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, and Adam DeVine, sing with their real voices without the need for lip-syncing or auto-tuning.
Director Jason Moore, who directed the television show “Dawson’s Creek,” keeps his film out of the “musical” genre by finding the perfect balance between song and speech. Most of the characters are portrayed as unique, weird, and hysterical while they are able to stray away from the typical character stereotypes.
Graduate and Tulane University student Piper Browne is an extra in “Pitch Perfect” and can be seen three times singing and dancing as part of an a capella group competing against The Bellas and Treblemakers.
“It was absolutely crazy seeing my face on the big screen. My friends and I actually screamed out loud multiple times,” Browne said.
Browne traveled to Baton Rouge, La. for two days for the filming and sat for 12 hours to watch The Bellas and Treblemakers film different numbers. “It was really really cool to see [the film] from the “behind the scenes” angle,” she said.
The film was released on Oct. 5 and is rated PG-13 due to amount of swearing in the script. However, by the end of “Pitch Perfect,” all viewers will find themselves either tempted to sing aloud or find an a cappella group to join as soon as possible.