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'Perfect Pitch': Cheeky, snarky and hits all the right notes

Perfect Pitch is fun, funny, and allows you to give in to your inner musical theater geek. It's "Glee" meets "Revenge of the Nerds."

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The cast of Perfect Pitch. The movie opens Sept. 28, 2012.

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Cheeky and snarky but with an infectious energy, "Pitch Perfect," a comedy set in the cutthroat world of competing college a cappella groups, makes us fall in love with the very thing it's making fun of. It's ridiculous and predictable but also just a ton of fun, so you may as well give up and give in to your inner musical theater geek.

The debut feature from director Jason Moore (Broadway's "Avenue Q") and writer Kay Cannon ("30 Rock"), based on the non-fiction book by Mickey Rapkin, feels like a mash-up of "Glee" and "Revenge of the Nerds," with a broad soundtrack ranging from David Guetta and Bruno Mars to The Bangles and Simple Minds. Some performances will make you smile; others will give you chills.

And speaking of mash-ups, that's exactly the genre that forces the film's female singing group out of its comfort zone of conservative choreography and corny vocal arrangements. Their reluctant catalyst is Beca, an antisocial, aspiring DJ played by Anna Kendrick; this is an amusing irony in contrast with Kendrick's usually sunny, Type-A screen persona, and given her off-screen Broadway musical bona fides. She hasn't really, truly sung in a film since 2003's "Camp," and it's a joy to see her reveal this side of her talent again. Under the dark eyeliner and surly attitude, her smarts and likability shine through.

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