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Review: Pitch Perfect

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College a cappella competitions supply a stage for nerd-and-raunch bits with a fetching indifference to formula: no one here really cares about the outcome of the final number at the national finals. Jason Moore (“Avenue Q”) directs a comic screenplay by Kay Cannon (“New Girl,” “30 Rock”), working from Mickey Rapkin’s book “Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory.” Beca (Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”) gets free tuition at a liberal arts school because her dad is Comparative Lit prof there, but this pouty freshman with the mean Asian dorm mate would really rather be out in L.A. getting a start in the music industry. Her dad makes her join a campus organization. Beca picks the Bellas, an a cappella group stocked with sitcom-style characters. But Rebel Wilson (“Bridesmaids,” “Bachelorette”), as Fat Amy from Tasmania, should steal far more scenes. Lilly (Hana Mae Lee) has a tiny voice to deliver nearly inaudible one-liners like “I set fires to feel joy” and “I ate my twin in the womb.” Other oral issues include bouts of projectile vomit triggered by stage jitters. “Pitch¬†Perfect” admittedly has its laughs but its shelf life as a backstage comedy may be as brief as the canceled NBC series “Sing-Off.” With Ben Platt, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins. 112m. (Bill Stamets)

¬†“Pitch Perfect” is now playing.

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