1. This is not “Glee”
This fact cannot be stressed enough. And now that the show is into it’s college years, it’s easy to make vague comparisons. But outside of references to Sectionals, Regionals and Nationals there’s not many similarities. In fact, Ryan Murphy should take note if he wants to improve his show.
2. It’s more like “Bring It On”
The pacing and style recalls “Bring It On.” The only negative is the overuse of Cheerocracy-type lingo. But that’s easy to overlook.
3. The music is good, like really good
The song selections are key to the success of this movie. Who wants to sit through tired karaoke renditions of pop songs? No one. Pitch Perfect mixes it up with stellar arrangements and seemingly perfect song choices.
5. Rebel Wilson steals another movie
First it was Bridesmaids, then it was a forgivable appearance in What To Expect When You’re Expecting (with producer and co-star, Elizabeth Banks) and then it was her straight man in Bachelorette. She easily gets the best laughs in this flick. Alex Rabinowitz (PopCultureBrain) writes, “the only person who gave her a run for her money is Adam Devine (‘Workaholics’), who too brings a lot of the funny.” And he’s exactly right.
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6. It’s an Elizabeth Banks production
Yes that’s a thing now. The funny, gorgeous actress strikes gold with her second time producing. She wisely jumped aboard this project and makes a hilarious cameo appearance alongside John Michael Higgins as a witty yet inappropriate show announcer.
7. Don’t forget about the Annas
Anna Camp (L) and Anna Kendrick (R) are at the center of the film with Kendrick as the new recruit and Camp trying to recover from a upsetting loss from the previous season of competition. Their sparring is delicious and these two women are surprisingly great singers.
8. Also, this guy is adorable
It’s worth highlighting Skylar Astin (center) who is a delight as Kendrick’s love interest and member of the competing all-male group of singers. Broadway fans may recognize him from Spring Awakening or his brief appearance in an episode of Girls.
9. The aca-holics love it
Further evidence that this movie does the college a capella competition scene justice. Rabinowitz explains it:
“The camaraderie and the feeling of being in a college group is precisely rendered on screen. From the effort of rehearsals, to the down time and socializing, to the tense, nervous, and exhilarating feeling you get before, during, and after performances — it’s all there. I was expecting an over the top, extreme stylization of the world of a cappella but having gone through it all, I was taken aback how true to my experiences the film felt.”