GET PITCH SLAPPED.
College freshman Beca Mitchell (Anna Kendrick), who wants to be a music producer more than anything else, reluctantly joins an all-female a cappella group headed for a national competition. Loosely based on a non-fiction book by Mickey Rapkin, this comedy gives a cappella the same cheerful, funny and engaging treatment as Bring It On (2000) did with cheerleading. It also borrows the same type of formula, with few changes. Very routine, but perky, especially thanks to the cast; Rebel Wilson, along with Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins as two cynical commentators at the competition, provide amusing moments.
2012-U.S. 112 min. Color. Directed by Jason Moore. Cast: Anna Kendrick (Beca Mitchell), Skylar Astin (Jesse Swanson), Ben Platt (Benji Applebaum), Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson… Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins, Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
Trivia: Co-produced by Banks. Kristen Wiig was allegedly considered for a role. Followed by two sequels, starting with Pitch Perfect 2 (2015).