A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the Pitch Perfect soundtrack is a mixed bag of messages, including lyrics from positive tracks like Jessie J's "Price Tag" and Bruno Mars' "Just the Way You Are," along with lines from some notoriously sexy songs such as Madonna's "Like a Virgin" and Rihanna's "S&M." That said, there's no violence or profanity, just one mention of drinking, and even the sexier songs avoid graphic sexual descriptions. Overall, it's fine for older tweens and teens.
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What's the story?
PITCH PERFECT (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) is a collection of 12 cover tunes from a movie musical about college students who engage in singing competitions. The actors, including Anna Kendrick (from the Twilight saga) and Rebel Wilson (from the movie Bridesmaids), contribute their own voices to the soundtrack, singing songs by a range of pop stars from the '80s through today -- including Pat Benatar, Madonna, Foreigner, Flo Rida, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, and more.
Is it any good?
Not surprisingly, most of these songs have a fun, chorus-like quality (why mess with Glee's success?) that will appeal to fans of the genre. Standout tracks include Kendrick's song "Cups," where she displays her considerable singing chops, and the "Riff Off" mashup of classic tracks including Pat Benatar's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and Foreigner's "Feels Like the First Time."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about soundtracks. Do the song choices here complement the movie's plot and characters?
Which of these songs do you think are a great fit with the voices and personalities of the Bellas and the Treblemakers? Name a few other tracks you think could've been featured in the film but didn't make the cut.