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 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.