'Pitch Perfect' trailer: 'Step Up' meets college a cappella

Everyone who has been to college in the last five years knows about a cappella groups — those quirky teams of vocally-gifted students who “ja da da” their way into their university’s zeitgeist with musical pun monikers like the Treblemakers and a repertoire of upbeat chorale arrangements of “Rolling in the Deep.” So as a recent graduate, what’s my favorite part about the trailer for Pitch Perfect, the upcoming Anna Kendrick comedy set in the cut-throat world of competitive collegiate a cappella?

It could be Rebel Wilson, looking to be in top form as self-deprecating singer Fat Amy. Or it’s the refreshingly harsh truths about college life promised by lines like, “Welcome to Barden University! Here’s your official BU rape whistle!” Above all, I have the utmost appreciation for the genre-bending madness, as the movie looks to take the rival cattiness of Bring It On and the vocal euphonies of Glee and throw them together into a glossy Step Up crock pot.

Watch the sonic showdown below:

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