A friend of mine began teaching this year and anyone who has been around children for any extended period of time knows that they are exhausting. It came to my attention that the drastic and sudden transition from college student to elementary teacher has been aging her significiantly and that it was my responsibilty to help her reclaim her youth. I figured going out to a movie would be a good way to ease her back into the outside world, so off to Times Square we went. Normally I wouldn’t choose the busiest, most cliché spot to catch a movie, but we wanted to see Pitch Perfect which only premiered in select theatres on September 28th.
Way too much money later, we settled into our seats in the SECOND row (I’m pretty sure I had a double-chin the entire time) with our nutritious movie snacks, ready for a movie that we figured would be entertaining and funny enough. More than anything, I was just happy to see my dear friend ditching the classroom and the lesson plans and functioning properly in the real world with the rest of society.
Assuming Pitch Perfect would be nothing more than the a capella version of Bring It On and Step It Up, I didn’t set the bar too high. I am no movie snob whatsoever; there doesn’t have to be anything deep or existential happening as long as it’s funny, raunchy, or has anything to do with mobsters. Pitch Perfect really took me by surprise because it was both hilarious and at times raunchy (2 out of 3 ain’t bad). I was choking down nachos, laughing the entire time. I wasn’t alone either. The entire audience bonded in a strange way for those two hours. Between the on-screen comedy, musical talent, and the fact that we were all sitting elbow to elbow, the crowd broke out into multiple rounds of applause, studio audience-style laughter, and the occasional synchronized “Aww” when the plot took a predictable yet romantic twist. Needless to say, it was a crowd pleaser.
Anna Kendrick, who plays Beca, is the central character of the movie, and she was actually able to play the closed-off, angsty college chick without coming off as too unapproachable or obnoxious. Despite her perfomance, it was Rebel Wilson who really rocked the big screen for me. She delivered these subtle, witty one-liners that, when paired with her dry sense of humor and Australian accent, brought a refreshing gust of comedic breeze to the storyline throughout the entire movie.
Some of my favorite Fat Amy moments:
1. Bumper: I have a feeling we should kiss.
2. Fat Amy: I sometimes have a feeling I can do crystal meth, but then I think “Hmm, better not.”
3. Aubrey: You call yourself Fat Amy?
4. Fat Amy: Yes, so twig bitches like you don’t do it behind my back.
5. Fat Amy to Bumper: You guys are gonna get pitch-slapped so hard, your man boobs are gonna concave.
You can check out the trailer for Pitch Perfect below and see it in theaters everywhere Friday, October 5th!
NOTE: After our date, it was proven that the task of regaining my friend’s vitality may be more difficult than expected. While she left the movie in high spirits ready to take on the city, she did end the night by falling asleep at a bar. Lucky for her, she has me around. Friends don’t let friends fall asleep before 10:00pm.