Bil’s rating (out of 5):. USA, . , . Screenplay by , based on the book by . Cinematography by . Produced by , , . Music by , . Production Design by . Costume Design by . Film Editing by .
starts college and is barely through the doors when she finds out that the all-girl a capella team on campus, led by , wants her to join them. The group is determined to win a singing competition against their obnoxious male rivals led by , but Kendrick resists the opportunity, thinking their music outdated and the competition trite. When she makes the mistake of singing the shower and, when team member overhears her doing so, Kendrick is convinced to give the group a shot; unfortunately, her use of heavy eyeliner shows us that she is completely unable to get along with others and she causes problems with Camp by trying to get the girls to do away with their tired old routine and try something new. Lovely singing and a winsome sense of cheer make it easy to understand the popularity of this film with audiences of all ages (which includes inspiring two sequels), but the ease with which it goes down is also why it’s not nearly as memorable as it should be. The conflicts are soft, too easily resolved and there’s too many of them, including Kendrick’s needing to acclimatize to college life, her burgeoning (forbidden) relationship with a boy from the opposing team, her frenemy relationship with Camp, and the private lives of the other girls and the fact that their gender is held against them at singing competitions (cause girls can’t do the low notes that championship requires). All these knots untie too quickly and easily in an era where villains are foregone in favour of people just being misunderstood, leaving conflict nowhere to be found, but this film is also as enjoyable as fluff should be and all the performances are excellent.