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Pitch Perfect movie review: Hits all the high notes

Shanee Edwards is a screenwriter who earned her master's degree at UCLA Film School. She recently won the Next MacGyver television writing competition to create a TV show about a female engineer. Her TV pilot, Ada and the Machine, is cur...

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The awesome pop songs in this movie are cleverly mashed up and will have you singing in your seat. Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson sizzle as singing sirens in this fun musical montage.

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Perfect for fans of Glee

Becca (Anna Kendrick) is a college freshman uncertain about her decision to spend four years in a small town. Usually isolating herself from the outside world with big headphones, Becca has big dreams of becoming a professional DJ and spends all her free time making mashups of her favorite songs.

Her father, a professor at the college, urges Becca to commit to her education and find some fun, extracurricular activities to help her meet people. But Becca could care less about hanging with other students — until fellow student Chloe (Brittany Snow) manages to persuade her to join an a capella group called The Bellas.

Unfortunately, The Bellas lost the college competition last year when uptight Aubrey (Anna Camp), opened her mouth to sing and out came a chorus of chunks. Yes, she literally vomited on stage. Aubrey's now desperate to stay in control this year and finally win the competition.

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But Becca knows from watching the other groups that it's not good enough to sound great — the group needs to be unique. Becca tries to bring her own edgy tone to the music, but Aubrey insists on sticking to the same traditional standards they've been singing.

Things get even more tense when a foxy boy named Jesse (Skylar Astin) takes an interest in Becca, who's just starting to come out of her shell. Because Jesse is in a rival a capella group called the Treblemakers, Aubrey's voice turns shrill, and she declares Jesse off-limits.

Soon enough however, Becca convinces The Bellas to "remix" their songs and include pop and rock hits, and the group takes off. The music in this movie is fantastic, even joyous at times. The mashups are super fun and surprising.

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Scene stealer Rebel Wilson plays Fat Amy and delivers hilarious one-liners with self-deprecating sass. Her performance alone is worth the price of admission.

Bottom line:  Pitch Perfect uses equally matched laugh-out-loud comedy and sing-along songs to entertain from beginning to end. You don't have to be a Glee fan to enjoy this movie — by casting top young actresses, this movie sings a tune of its own.

Photo credit: Universal Studios

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