Pitch Perfect is a 2012 musical comedy film directed by Jason Moore. The screenplay was written by Kay Cannon, loosely adapted from the book of the same name by Mickey Rapkin. The film stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Ester Dean, Ben Platt, and Adam DeVine.The story follows an all-girls A Cappella group, "The Bellas", who try to beat the reigning a cappella group, "Treble Makers". Standoffish Beca Mitchel would rather be trying her hand at becoming a famous music producer in Los Angeles, but is forced to go to Barden University because her father wants her to have something to fall back on. There, she's introduced to the world of collegiate acapella, by way of an all female group, the previously disgraced Barden Bellas, who are scouting for new members. After initially scoffing at the idea of joining the Bellas, she later decides to audition, and passes the test along with "Fat Amy", lesbian Cynthia Rose, sexually-hungry Stacie and a host of other colorful characters. Beca also meets Jesse at the campus radio station they both work at, who turns out to be a member of The Treble Makers, the Bellas' rivals. Both of these groups aim for winning the national acapella championship, creating tension and forbidden romance.There is a sequel planned for 2015; Rebel Wilson has confirmed her reprisal as Fat Amy; Anna Camp and Brittany Snow are also returning as Aubrey and Chloe, respectively.Now has a Character Sheet under construction.
This film provides examples of:
A Cappella: Natch. Lots of music without any musical accompaniment.
Ambiguously Bi: Chloe seems this way toward Beca like the latter is flirting with her. And forcing another girl to sing with you in the shower while both of you are naked is totally not hitting on her, right? She also seems to have no problem having a conversation with Beca about just how close they're going to be this year, where their faces are less than four inches apart and then shaking her ass at Beca as she walks away. All of this before she goes off to start drinking.Then during the choreography scene Becca is saying, "yes I know I can do it," while Chloe is using the Hands-On Approach. The term "ambiguous", in this case, might be a touch too generous.
Black Dude Dies First: Well, kicked out of the band anyway. Kori, one of two black girls that passed the audition, was kicked out before even making it to day two for sleeping with a Treble. The second girl who was kicked out at least got a few lines before she was dumped.
Break the Cutie: Benji when he doesn't get into the Treblemakers and listens to their party and, surprisingly, Aubrey when she talks about her dad.
Brick Joke: The Barden rape whistle given to Beca in the first scene. Comes back when Cynthia Rose, the lesbian Bella, is wrestling with Stacie.
Call Back: You may have missed it, but when the Bellas find out they've got into the finals when Chloe walks in, Amy yells "Shalom!", which is, according to her, "not a word".
Casanova Wannabe: Bumper, in between insulting Fat Amy he still hints towards sex.
Cat Fight: After Beca leaves the group, this is what happens.
Cheaters Never Prosper: The group that won second place in the regional finals is later disqualified for having a high school student on their team, thus allowing the Bellas to make the finals.
Chekhov's Lecture: John's comment in the beginning that it's taken so long for all-girl a capella groups to make it because girls generally have difficulty hitting the bass notes. This stops being a problem for the Bellas after Chloe's surgery.
Minor Injury Overreaction indeed. After being told she wouldn't be able to sing above G#—maybe, ever—she sang a high A and went five semitones up to D with no problems during the final number.
The fact Brittany Snow actually does have nodes may have contributed to the accurate portrayal of a singer with nodes, being one and all. Clearly, she can still sing. The 'overreaction' may have just been part of that: what is she without singing? Probably the same for Chloe, too.
Disability Superpower: A minor example. Chloe's vocal node surgery eliminates the top end of her range, but drastically expands the bottom end.
Duet Bonding: Chloe sort of forces Beca into this by singing in the shower.
Establishing Character Moment: The entire first act showcases Beca's talent at creating mashups and remixes, which winds up becoming Chekhov's Hobby when Aubrey finally recognizes her talents and lets her write the Bellas' arrangement for the finals.
Fiery Redhead: Mostly averted: Chloe is very sweet but has no problem attacking people when in a rage.
Foreshadowing: Most of Benji's scenes involve some kind of magic trick. Cue "I Got the Magic".
Subverted, really, because he only had one week to get down a lot of stuff, which becomes a lot easier once you only have to remember dance moves that you've probably already seen(remember he's at least heard the Treble's version), rather than an entire song.
The previous year's leader of the Bellas makes the unusual note that Chloe's breath smells like eggs all the time. Fitting for a bad enough infection in one's throat.
Averted with Beca's dismissal of how predictable movies' endings are which seems to be this but ultimately comes to nothing.
Luke airs Beca's 'Bulletproof' mix on the campus radio, later that night at regionals guess what song she chooses to break the Bella's routine.
French Maid: Well, maids in bikinis anyway. There are a couple of girls in revealing clothing rather unenthusiastically dusting the Trebel's (frat?) hourse while they lounge in the hot tub.
Fridge Brilliance: 'Bellas' means 'pretty girls' in Italian, probably intentional In-Universe, so Aubrey has reason to want "bikini-ready" girls, and Howie (of Sigma Beta Theta) would be "expecting the hot Bellas".
The Bellas' dance routine in the finals takes an interesting turn when Fat Amy takes the lead.
The Sockapellas rendition of Lily Allen's "Fuck You".
Ghost Extras: Seven women on the poster, but there are ten Bellas. Lampshaded when Aubrey tells two Bellas that it was like they hadn't been there at all this year. (Jessica, Denise and Ashley are the ones not included on the poster.)
Heterosexual Life-Partners: Chloe and Aubrey are implied to be this to an extent, as they are the only seniors in the group and Chloe mentions being good friends with Aubrey for years. Things get tense near the end, but they work things out.
Letting Her Hair Down: This happens in the last performance. Towards the ending, Aubrey actually lets her hair down.
Logo Joke: The standard Universal fanfare is replaced with an a Capella version at the start of the film. This is not the only Universal film to do this. Coincidentally, one of the other ones to do this also has Anna Kendrick in it.
Love Triangle: Jesse seems to think he is in competition for Becca with the radio station manager despite the two having a fairly professional relationship.
Lovable Nerd: Benji made his half of the room into a Star Wars shrine, loves magic, and is a fawning Treble Makers fan.
Missing Mom: No mention is made of where Beca's mother is, though it's revealed in conversation with her father that her parents are divorced.
Punny Name: Most of the a capella groups who aren't the Bellas: Treblemakers (trouble makers), High Notes (they like marijuana) Sockapella (they sing with sock puppets), and Minstrel Cycle are just a few.
Putting the Band Back Together: After the Bellas learn that the team that qualified for Finals ahead of them was disqualified for cheating, we get a montage of the various singers getting contacted, and brief glimpses into whatever they are up to (including Fat Amy having a pool party with several hunks).
Reality Ensues: Beca tries to spice up the tired routine mid-performance - the audience picks up on her attempt, but it's also perceived as an unpolished stunt, and it throws the other girls off their game.
Shower of Love: When Beca goes to take a shower in the girl's locker room, two pairs of feet, belonging to a man and a woman, can be seen in a shower stall. The girl in question is Chloe, and this is the only way we know that she's not solely into Beca.
Slap-Slap-Kiss: Between Bumper and Fat Amy. We certainly see the "slap slap" part of the equation on screen, but the kiss is alluded to when Amy reveals she has Bumper's cell number but can't provide a reason for having it.
Technician Versus Performer: This is a conflict between Aubrey and Beca. Beca simply wants to be spontaneous and have fun by remixing songs while Aubrey is trying to be successful using their original set list from the previous year and being conservative. To be fair to each Beca is actually into producing music and therefore is naturally gifted at remixing while Aubrey was originally more of a performer but after throwing up on stage is trying to play it conservative.
Subverted: when the Bellas are revealing their secrets, Cynthia admits that she has a gambling addiction that arose after she broke up with her girlfriend (who is apparently one of the other Bellas). She was never keeping her lesbianism a secret.
Gail: I remember singing it with my own a capella group.
John: What group was that, Gail?
Gail: The Minstrel Cycles.
John: Well, that's an unfortunate name.
The Unreveal: Parodied. During the 'confessions' scene, Cynthia Rose is expected to come out as a lesbian, only to admit to having a gambling problem...which she developed after she broke up with her girlfriend.
Verbal Tic: Aubrey has a habit of adding "aca" in front of words, such as "aca-awesome", "aca-people", "aca-bitches", etc. The others pick up the habit as well.
Vocal Dissonance: After Chloe gets her nodes removed, she (a former soprano) is able to hit the really low, guttural bass notes, much to everyone's surprise.