Disclaimer: We love a cappella music. So much so, we've watched every season of The Sing-Off, may or may not follow certain collegiate groups on Twitter, and mark Committed's upcoming performances on the office calendar. The genre has been the recipient of a fair amount of mainstream attention in recent years, thanks to a prime-time slot from NBC, as well as industry endorsements from the likes of Sara Bareilles, Ben Folds, Nicole Scherzinger, and Shawn Stockman. While Glee made singing and dancing (and slushie-tossing) in the halls cool, the upcoming film Pitch Perfect (October 5) aims to promote vocal percussion and at times cheesy choreography on a larger, grander scale.
As a college freshmen at fictional Barden University, Anna Kendrick is plucked from shower singing security ("Titanium" is her bathing go-to) and encouraged to join peppy leader Brittany Snow's perky yet terribly tired all-female ensemble. Because she's apparently the only one with an ear for the Top 40, Kendrick accepts the challenge of revitalizing the group's catalog, announcing her presence with an impromptu performance "No Diggity" by Blackstreet. Little known fact: Kendrick was originally intended to rap on the track, but Blackstreet thought it'd be better to go with Dr. Dre rather than a newcomer.
(An additional clip, featuring Salt-n-Pepa's "Let's Talk About Sex" and Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love To You is available here.)
Starring Kendrick, Snow, and Bridesmaids' standout Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect is Universal's answer to Glee and its subsequent spin-offs, continuing the movie-musical trend set ablaze in the early aughts. Male and female groups alike vie for attention through song, best expressing themselves in front of an audience, be it on their school's stage or doing what seems to be a makeshift courtyard gang fight. Yes, it looks amazing and ridiculous, and we can't wait to buy our tickets come October. And for those who only know Kendrick for her Twilight affiliations, or remember her as George Clooney's overachieving colleague in Up in the Air, take note: her interpretation of "Ladies Who Lunch" from Camp (2003) is required viewing. Educate yourselves below.