My children won’t sit through a kid’s movie for their life, but for some strange reason my two-year-old and four-year-old kids love the movie Pitch Perfect. I know, I know. They probably shouldn’t even be watching television at these young ages, and certainly not a movie with adult content like curse words and gem lines like “sometimes I think I should try crystal meth, but then I think no.” But it’s so much fun watching together that I just can’t stop it. We watch it every single night.
It goes without saying that the movie is addictive — for me. So when I had it on pretty much 24/7 this summer I didn’t think my kids would really notice. My husband and I watch our shows while my kids play and they seem to be unaware the TV is even on. They just tune it out. Not Pitch Perfect. They were hooked from the very first Treble Maker performance.
My two-year-old daughter knows all of the choreography to the Bella’s final performance. Half of the time she demands I get up and run it with her. The other half of the time I am reprimanded for even considering it. Toddlers. On more than one occasion I’ve caught her singing “don’t you forget about me” to no one while lining up her Hot Wheels cars.
My four-year-old son knows every word to every song and most of the dialogue. I think we all have a massive crush on the rapper dude Donald played by the adorable and talented Utkarsh Ambudkar. With massive pop hits like Party In The USA, Don’t Stop The Music, and Since You Been Gone, there are some scenes that I knew even a toddler and a preschooler would love. Top of the list after the songs? The puke scenes. Oh how they both laugh their heads off every single time!
But there are also beloved details that surprise me. First, their favorite characters are Lily (the soft-talker) and Fat Amy played by the adorable and hilarious Rebel Wilson. I also love that they always call her Amy and not Fat Amy. I don’t know why, but the word fat just doesn’t seem to register with them. They also giggle hysterically at the girl who cries through her audition. I am glad they haven’t asked me to teach them the routine Anna Kendrick does to her “Cups” song because I don’t think I could figure it out if I had hours of free time to try.
They get so into the competition, cheering for each team even though they know who is going to win. I love cuddling on the couch, singing, dancing and laughing with my babies with Pitch Perfect as our guide. It may be lazy parenting, but I’m lazy. And it sure beats another episode of Team Umizoomi.