‘Pitch Perfect’ Trailer: ‘Bring It On’ with College A Cappella

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:13 pm,

An official trailer has been released for the musical comedy, Pitch Perfect. The film stars Oscar-nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, Twilight) as Beca, a new college student with an introvert personality – who gets pulled into the not-so-quiet world of college a cappella. The school’s all-female acoustic singing group will (say it with us) never be the same again, after Beca encourages her peers to abandon their old-fashioned arrangements, in favor of trendy mash-ups featuring excerpts from tunes both old and new.

Rounding out the cast of Pitch Perfect are such folk as Rebel Wilson (Kristen Wiig’s scene-stealing roommate in Bridesmaids), Brittany Snow (Hairspray), Alexis Knapp (Percy Jackson), Anna Camp (The Good Wife), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Kick-Ass), and Adam DeVine (Workaholics). The film was produced by Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games), who makes a brief appearance in the trailer.

Take a quick look around the Internet and you’ll see that Pitch Perfect has already been compared several times over to the same pair of movies (Bring It On, Step Up), and one TV show (Glee) which gets both love and hate for its impact on the cinematic musical landscape (see: its influence on Rock of Ages, which opens in theaters today).

As far as this writer is concerned: the theatrical promo for Pitch Perfect bears the strongest resemblance to Bring It On. Of course, the former is set in the competitive world of college a cappella, not high school cheerleading. Furthermore, Pitch Perfect boasts a guys vs. gals battle – rather than the privileged squad vs. inner-city underdogs angle of that Kirsten Dunst flick.

anna kendrick pitch perfect Pitch Perfect Trailer: Bring It On with College A Cappella

Anna Kendrick is 'Pitch Perfect'

Similarities to previous films aside, the trailer for Pitch Perfect has its fair share of chuckle-worthy moments. Kendrick’s charming screen presence – combined with Wilson’s gift for self-deprecating humor, and the presence of entertaining side players like DeVine – could elevate the movie above its formulaic plot trappings and make for a fun, if not entirely memorable, viewing experience chock-full of musical numbers (one that prompts less divisive responses than Glee).

It’s also worth noting: Pitch Perfect is based on the book by Mickey Rapkin, which was adapted for the big screen by 30 Rock co-showrunner/writer Kay Cannon. Directorial duties on the project were handled by Jason Moore, who’s previously worked on TV shows like Dawson’s Creek, Everwood, and Brothers & Sisters - but, is better known for being the original helmer behind the Avenue Q Broadway musical. Those credits alone suggest Pitch Perfect could be a surprisingly sharp and witty look at an unusual competitive college activity.

Pitch Perfect opens in U.S. theaters on October 5th, 2012.

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  1. Seems like a solid comedy, but I don’t know how I feel about the singing.

  2. I have an extreme infatuation with anna kendrick and i do not know why. knowing she can sing only adds to it. lol

  3. I don’t really enjoy comedy musicals. It feels so made up for cerain ages or random nonsense. It is really hard to do a comedy and musical together without having a screwed up story. And for me story is important. So unless they do something like Moulin Rouge, i will pass even though i like music, remixes and stuff.

  4. This trailer actually made me cringe.

  5. I can’t get all the way through the trailer it’s so BAD. Nothing more than another singing/dancing movie disguised as a comedy. Who watches stuff like this and likes it? There can’t be that many lame people out there, right?

    -Total Twilight Saga gross world wide: $2,528,379,328
    -a sad world we live in.

    • never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers. This demographic (teenaged girls) is the easiest to pander to. They’re easy to please and they have money to spend. I know people who didnt even like the twilight movie, but because they were such a big fan of the books, they saw it 3 times. I’m a huge fan of The Dark Knight but i still only saw that once.

      • Hm I think the movie looks great and hilarious. From what I recall I’ve only watched movies that I like and wanted to see. Lastly, but please don’t quote me on this, I think I’m pretty intelligent.

    • Don’t let the trailers fool You It’s a straight comedy It’s not a musical in the least yes it has singing in it but it’s about a singing competition there are know random break out in song moments here.
      A sad world we live in when people dismiss a movie solely based on a trailer. Most trailers are full of lies.

  6. I like musicals as a valid genre of movie. I’m never one to dismiss a movie just because of the genre it comes from. That being said, i may skip this one.

    It looks like “Glee: the movie”. I can tell exactly where the plot is going from the 2 minute trailer. And wow, what a shock, they have to do MODERN songs. Every movie about talent has the main character breaking the boundaries of modern performance. But it’s been done so many times that the style has gotten standard. I think this movie will take generic a’capella performance and try to sell it to us like it’s new.

    Some of the jokes in the trailer were kinda funny, so there may be a chance i’ll watch this (dvd rental?) but from where i’m standing right now, its not likely

    • It’s nothing like Glee.

  7. Beca( Anna Kendrick) aspires to be a big time music producer in Los Angeles, but when her father forces her to go to college to further her education she finds herself joining an all girl a cappella group. She at first does not want to join, but later on comes to find herself enjoying it. While working at the campus radio station, she finds a love interest ,Jesse, but comes off as not being interested at all, but soon does become interested in Jesse.
    Pitch perfect pokes fun at real-life college A Cappella groups. With that being said this movie is overall hilarious. I am not one for musical movies, but this one is an exception I loved it! I was entertained the entire time and not once bored with this movie; it keeps you laughing. Pitch Perfect caters to both females and males it is not a “chick flick” what so ever. I do not recommend this movie for children due to the language that is used at times. Overall Pitch Perfect is great and I could watch it over and over again!

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