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by Tony Medley
This is a
musical that is more annoying than entertaining. Starring Anna Kendrick
and Brittany Snow, it's the story of a bunch of Freshman in college,
misfits who attend college but devote every waking moment to an a
cappella singing contest.
the film encourages sexual promiscuity by making light of it. Since the
film is obviously aimed at teenaged girls (it's unlikely anybody older
than 15 could be entertained by this), it is irresponsible to show young
people having sex willy-nilly without consequences. The way Glee
and movies like this wink their collective eyes at teenaged sexual
promiscuity is deplorable.
The setup scenes
are ludicrous, featuring a campus where the various singing teams hang
around the campus as groups, breaking out into song with the least
possible provocation. Some of the characters are equally ludicrous. One,
in particular, is an Asian girl who speaks with such a low voice that
basically all she does is move her lips. I guess this is intended to be
funny when it is only irritating. There are a couple of vomiting scenes
that are more disgusting than funny.
The movie is
supposed to be about singing and music but there are only a couple of
production numbers that are worth watching. In fact, the most
entertaining song was a short rendition of the Miley Cyrus 2009 hit,
"Party in the USA" (written by Jessie J, Dr. Luke, and Claude Kelley).
Alas, it was not only far too short, the way it was presented, the girls
singing it on a bus on the way to a performance competition, made no
character as the group leader was so over-the-top, it led the list of
annoyances, although Kendrick's character and performance weren't far
behind. Those deficiencies should properly be laid at the feet of
director Jason Moore, though, than blaming the two actresses. It's hard
to believe, at least it is for me, but this is based on a book by Mickey
Rapkin. A whole book on this? There isn't enough story here to make a
half hour sitcom. How could somebody write a whole book on this? Can you
spell "flimsy premise?"