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Pitch Perfect (2012)
Another reviewer stated: "...Rebel Wilson plays an amazing part and has given the Mean Girls script a run for their money..." I immediately felt the need to speak up and say that this movie is not even in the same category as Mean Girls. Mean Girls is meant to be ironic and satiric. Pitch Perfect was meant to be a plain ol' comedy, but whatever, that's beside the point.
The Music: Cliché, stupid, lame - they tried to put some throwbacks in there, but apparently no one knows about music that existed before the 80s. The movie tries to make the "mash-up" a hip new thing. It's not. People have been making mash-ups since music began. What do you think a medley is? Calm down. The lip- syncing was SO obvious and I could hear the audio engineer pitch correcting every singer.
The Acting: It wasn't bad. But my next point is...
The Writing: The plot was old and overused. The characters were exaggerated to the point where I wasn't sure if they were part of the joke or if I was supposed to take them seriously. The jokes sucked and were sort of racist. Rebel Wilson's lines weren't even that good, but her presence was sort of nice.
I get it. A writer tried to cash in on a profitable idea, and it worked. What I don't understand is all the rave reviews this crap got. Was it because a bunch of older men wrote reviews about hot young actresses? That's my best guess. (See Lena Dunham's girls.) I'll never know. What I do know is that I could not watch the whole thing and I had to turn it off.
Too Realistic (There, I said it.)
Probably not to spoilery, but whatever. Here's a poorly done review:
From what I can tell, people have compared this to Sex and the City - like it's a breath of fresh air - when really these stories are about two different types of women from two different decades at two different points of their lives. Regardless, I think a TV show should be judged on its own merit, and not by its 'predecessor' (which really is an unfair comparison to begin with.) Also, I didn't really watch Sex and the City.
4 women in their mid-twenties with middle class backgrounds and average looking bodies and boyfriends experience life together. That's it. That's the plot. Everything that happens is stuff that happens to a lot of middle class white girls - the gay ex-boyfriend, the time where your parents 'cut you off' financially, the pregnancy scare, the self- consciousness, the bad break-up, stressful trip to the gynecologist. Occasionally, there will be a believable shake-up, and then on with the show. The characters are a little cliché - the virgin, the wild one, the mature one, and then the self-loathing extra different Lena Dunham. They have their complexities, and the acting is good, but again - it is just an average group of friends.
I'm still not sure if this is a comedy or a drama. I laughed out loud at some parts, but otherwise it stayed pretty serious. But like I said, this isn't absolutely fantastic. This show is an adventure in realism. For me, a woman in my 20s, I don't like this show. Why? Because I feel like I'm watching my life and my friends lives written and played out on screen. It's fun to identify with the characters and see them interact, but at the end of the day, I've learned nothing new. For me, television is supposed to be a sort of escape, but instead of escaping, I just see a bunch of regular people doing pretty much the normal routine. There are some funny one-liners thrown around and a few insightful messages, but what's the point when I could watch someone like Miranda Hart eye the camera after flirting with a chef. I could watch Liz Lemon attempt to control her cast and crew.
I like Lena Dunham. From the interviews I've watched, she seems like a very genuine, sweet, funny person who does a good job writing these characters - it's just that the plot bores me. I live the plot. The plot sucks. Let me watch something other than my own reality.