‘Pitch Perfect’: Hilarious, relatable, and perfect for music fans


A scene from the Bella's final performance in "Pitch Perfect." Image taken by Lizzy Doctorov.

Lizzy Doctorov, Staff Writer

A DJ turned a cappella performer along with award-winning stand-up comedian Rebel Wilson makes for a hilarious film. “Pitch Perfect” was so popular with music and dance fans that it is having a sequel come out in early 2015.

“Pitch Perfect” always keeps your emotions strung tight, whether because of realistic tear-jerking scenes or uproariously funny humor, making this film an emotional roller coaster. It incorporates many current aspirations of students, making it very relatable for a teenage audience and increasing the effect of emotional scenes.

This movie is not just your everyday love story, rather it puts love after music and fun. The Barden Bellas and Treblemakers fight for the top spot at the “International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.” Beca (Anna Kendrick) and Jesse (Skylar Astin) are on opposing a cappella teams, making a relationship between them against the two groups’ rules.

Beca wants to be a DJ and only joins the Bellas because of an agreement with her father. He agrees to send her to California to become a DJ if she spends one year in college, joins a group on campus, and still decides she does not want to be there. Many teenage students find themselves in similar situations if they want to have technical experience in an art field instead of going to college.

Jesse is Beca’s perfect match, teaching her about the joy of doing things other than mixing music.

As Jesse remarks, “You’re one of the a cappella girls. I’m one of those a cappella boys, and we’re gonna have aca-children. It’s inevitable.”

Unfortunately, because Beca knows how to push people away, their potential relationship is put on hold until she is able to face her fears of opening herself up. Beca succeeds when she leads the Bellas to victory, and she and Jesse have their happily-ever-after moment. Many people have similar difficulties in opening themselves up to others, making this a timeless problem in society.

The film focuses more on the humor and music than on the love story though, as is visible in the small amount of date-like scenes and the large amount of vocal rehearsals, a cappella competitions, and the climax of the film. Similarly, many students put relationships on hold because they believe their schoolwork or extra activities should come first.

“Pitch Perfect” is a comedy with a runtime of 112 minutes. It is rated PG-13 for language, drug references and sexual material. It is directed by Jason Moore and stars Kendrick, Astin, Brittany Snow, Ben Platt, Anna Camp, Wilson, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean, and Hana Mae Lee.

The ending to the Bella's final performance in "Pitch Perfect."
The ending to the Bella’s final performance in “Pitch Perfect.” Image taken by Lizzy Doctorov.
A scene from the Bella's final performance in "Pitch Perfect."
A scene from the Bella’s final performance in “Pitch Perfect.” Image taken by Lizzy Doctorov.