I recently watched Pitch Perfect again because it was on TV. I could have simply put the DVD in and watched it without commercials, but for some reason that seemed too difficult at the time. It had been a while since I had seen it, and it felt good to laugh at the “aca-jokes” again. I was reminded why that movie is such a good movie. Sure, it’s funny and there are catchy songs and goofy characters, but there are a lot of deeper things in that movie that make it more than “organized nerd singing”. Sure, it’s about friendship, being comfortable with who you are, and knowing how to rock an 80’s movie credit song, but there are a couple things that you don’t find in every movie.
The thing that stands out the most to me is the relationship between Becca and Jesse. In most films geared towards a young adult audience, boy and girl meet. Boy screws up. Boy does grand gesture to apologize to girl. Girl takes boy back. In Pitch Perfect, however, the roles are reversed (for the first time as far as I can recall). Jesse does absolutely nothing wrong. Beca is the one with issues (thanks to her parents’ divorce) and pushes Jesse away every chance she can. Now Beca is the one who must apologize, and the first time she does, Jesse doesn’t instantly take her back. After all, saying you’re sorry isn’t the same thing as saying—or proving—that you’re going to change. So it’s up to Beca to do the grand gesture to win Jesse back, and she does in awesome way.
Another things that stands out to me is that the movie really emphasizes the importance of girls having girl friends. A lot of the girls in the Barden Bellas, the acapella group, talk about how they didn’t have a ton of girl friends before they joined, and now they do and it’s awesome. It’s not that girls can’t be friends with boys, but girls need girls for support, understanding, and friendship. Most teen movies are about pursing relationships, but Pitch Perfect reminds us girls that it’s important to have girl friends (and it’s important for boys to have boy friends, too!).
Pitch Perfect also reminds young people—middle schoolers, high schoolers, college students, and young adults—that we all have issues. Everyone struggles with something, from insecurities to childhood problems and parent issues. Life is hard, which is why we need friends to help us get through it. It’s okay to let someone be there for you. It’s how we get through life.
Then, of course, Pitch Perfect is full of catchy songs and plenty of jokes. It’s funny and entertaining, but it has messages that we shouldn’t miss. And the second one is coming out soon, which the entire world seems to be super stoked about (me included).