Glee might arguably have jumped the shark a while ago, but there’s still life yet in the musical misfits subgenre.
Case in point? Pitch Perfect, a smart, tuneful campuscom about an all-girl singing group fighting to make their mark in the cutthroat world of a cappella.
Our entry point is Beca (Anna Kendrick), a reluctant student and aspiring DJ who gets pressganged into joining the ‘Barden Bellas’ by its pushy leader (Anna Camp) and her number two (Brittany Snow).
Dismissive at first, Beca soon whips the band of no-hopers into shape - something that naturally involves much harmonising en route to the inevitable competition finale.
So far, so latido.
Yet a witty script (by 30 Rock producer Kay Cannon) ensures that sugariness remains in check, while a recurring gag about projectile puke is on hand when things get cutesy.
Best of all is Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids), hilariously hijacking the movie as a tearaway who calls herself Fat Amy.
Producer Elizabeth Banks, meanwhile, does double duty as one of two judges whose commentary suggests director Jason Moore (Broadway’s Avenue Q) has both Best In Show and Dodgeball in his DVD collection.
If you’re not keen on Simple Minds’ ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ being mashed up with Jessie J’s ‘Price Tag’, this probably isn’t one to seek out.
But given how many copies the soundtrack has sold, you’re probably in the minority.