From director Jason Moore comes what looks to be this fall’s best comedy, Pitch Perfect. Elizabeth Banks is one of the producers and, although she has never worked as a producer on a film before, she has starred in multiple movies, such as Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Role Models, Our Idiot Brother, and most recently she starred as Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games.
Pitch Perfect, in select theatres tomorrow and opening everywhere on Oct. 5, follows an all-girl a cappella group who rebuild so they can make their way to the championship and take on the boys.
The film features Becca (Anna Kendrick), a freshman at Barden University. Although skeptical, after the singing group “The Bellas” overhears her singing in the shower, she is pressured into joining. After injecting some much-needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy described the film as “an enjoyably snarky campus romp that’s both wildly nerdy and somewhat sexy.”
Other reviews from bloggers such as Cole Smithey (colesmithey.com) and Darren Mooney (them0vieblog.com) gave the film rave reviews, stating that, although the film comes off as a Glee-turned-movie type film, “Anna Kendrick reinforces her reputation as a cinematic force of nature, performing impressive singing duties against a variety of musical styles,” and “the film is a joy to watch, a light feel-good film with a wonderful charm and a bright wit about it, brought to life by a fantastic cast working off a wry script.”
Kendrick’s breakthrough performance was her role as Bella’s friend Jessica Stanley in the Twilight Saga. Other notable cast members include Brittany Snow, who plays the leader of The Bellas, True Blood’s Anna Camp, Workaholics’ Adam Devine, Bridesmaids’ Rebel Wilson, and Superbad’s Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
Based on a book by Mickey Rapkin, the screenplay was written by Kay Cannon, best known for her work as an Emmy-nominated writer for NBC’s 30 Rock, who, in 2009, received a record-breaking 22 Emmy Award nominations, winning five.
With an all-star comedic cast, a director with endless Broadway and musical talent, a producer who has starred in countless comedies and a script written by a woman whose show has won countless Emmy, Directors Guild of America, and Golden Globe awards, Pitch Perfect is destined to be a dynamite hit that leaves viewers in stitches.
By Taylor Zimmerman