So Pitch Perfect is filled up with songs that you've likely heard a billion times by now, whether you're five or eighty-two, on purpose or otherwise, but nothing like "Don't Stop Believin'" or "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" that you would ditch a class to avoid hearing again. That's kind of the way the Barland Bellas are to the announcers John and Gaille who witness shows by these dance groups, in which the Bellas are the first only female group to ever make it as far as they came. They play the same old song and the same old tradition that everyone, except for the leader Aubrey Posen, finds tired. Throughout a giant chunk of the movie, she is simply in denial about the whole thing. After blowing it (literally) out of the tournament, a year later the Bellas need some brand new people, and Becca, played by Anna Kendrick (who I think was the perfect choice for this role, the sort of compassionate but annoyed girl), decides to give it a try, even though she is more into music making than singing and dancing. And that cup audition will change the Bellas forever.
Something that I think is worth noting is how it's message is not just that everyone is talented, black or fat or both, but that putting some effort and sometimes change into your craft makes it special. I think if students in high school or college see this film in a way, they'll have more fun trying to add some flare into some tedious presentation so that their friends remember it rather than sleep through it. And believe it or not, this was a musical that didn't annoy me in the slightest, except for a few slight relationship problems between Becca and Jesse played by 21 & Over's Skylar Austin. That's not the point, though. Almost every song was toe-tapping, the struggles between Aubrey and the group were riveting, and I have to give this movie extra points for casting Rebel Wilson, she has that certain something that gives the slogan "Get Pitch Slapped" that certain fizz.