Pitch Perfect (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Common Sense Media says

Soundtrack offers upbeat pop covers; a few steamy tunes.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Most of these behaviors, like engaging in sexual activity and drinking alcohol, are more adult than outright negative. A couple of the cover tunes, like "Price Tag" and "Since U Been Gone," offer positive messages about not falling prey to consumerism and having strong self-esteem.

Positive role models

Not a lot of role model behaviors here, although the movie characters learn to work together.

Not applicable

There's nothing too raunchy in these cover songs, though a few -- "Like a Virgin," "Let's Talk About Sex," "S&M" -- feature some steamy lyrics about sex. 

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One reference to drinking whiskey.

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."  

Families can talk 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.

  • How does Pitch Perfect compare to the very similar Glee model, where the characters sing cover versions of exceptionally famous songs?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:January 18, 2013
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written bydogsukulele678 March 1, 2013


S&M?!? that song is disgusting! This is just some dumb teenage version of kids bop and glee, also like glee and kids bop....this is stupid and a piece of crap.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written bydeJong March 11, 2013

Your gonna get pitch slapped so hard;D

I laughed throughout the whole movie. It was very funny but I do not recommend this movie for children.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written bydancegirl3697 March 8, 2013

The Next Mean Girls

I absolutely LOVED this movie!!!!! It was even better then I thought it would be!!!! The people in here are so incredibley talented. At times there are parts that could be innappropriate for younger kids, but for teens I think its fine. This movie is filled with music and comedy! Love it!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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