If you want a no-brainer prediction for 2013: stand-up comic and actress Rebel Wilson will be everywhere. She was the weirdo flatmate in ‘Bridesmaids’ and is a writers’s dream: she makes funny funnier. And this college comedy is already pretty funny. It follows the naffest tribe on campus: acappella singers. An all-girl group, The Bellas, are recruiting. What they want are super-hot girls with bikini-ready bodies and perfect pitch. What they get is Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) and alt-girl Beca (Anna Kendrick) – who tries to take the group from Mariah Carey-lame to hip hop-cool.
‘Pitch Perfect’ isn’t quite up there with ‘Bridesmaids’. In places it feels like a textbook comedy – a running gross-out joke about projectile vomiting is lazy. But ‘30 Rock’ and ‘New Girl’ writer Kay Cannon has created brilliant characters. Best of all is Fat Amy; in any other film, she’d be picked on or made fun of. Here, she’s the coolest woman in the room. ‘You call yourself “Fat Amy”?’ someone asks her. ‘Yeah, so twig bitches like you don’t do it behind my back.’ Genius.