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I blame Glee. No, wait, I blame High School Musical. Aw, hell, maybe we have to go as far back as Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon to find the root cause of fun and funky students breaking into song at predictable intervals. Not that it’s a bad thing, certainly not here in the half adorable Pitch Perfect, which posits a world in which “organized nerd singing” is so popular and widespread that even an apparently small campus like that of fictional Barden College can support four competing a cappella groups turning out fun and funky renderings of pop tunes. Enter freshman Beca (Anna Kendrick), who is “alternative” -- which means she wears lots of eyeliner and mopes around -- and wants to be a DJ and hence wants nothing to do with the Barden Bellas, the smooth blonde all-girl a cappella band desperate to recruit new voices this academic »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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