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I Let My Preschooler And Toddler Watch Pitch Perfect Every Single Night

shutterstock_120395134My 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.

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  • ktbay

    Screw it. When I was that age I ,with my younger sister, watched Wayne’s World and Terminator 2. We never caught on to the adult humor then. We turned out awesome.

    • pixie

      I grew up on Wayne’s World and Jackie Chan among other equally age inappropriate movies (I know Jackie Chan has done kids movies recently, but this was his Rumble in the Bronx days). I think I turned out pretty decent!

  • Rachel Sea

    If they don’t get the jokes, there’s no problem; if they do get the jokes, it’s too late anyway.

    • Carinn Jade

      Excellent point!

    • SarahJesness

      Ha, I always say the same thing! If the kid gets the joke, she already knows, so what’s the point of further sheltering her? And if they don’t get it, they don’t get it. There are a lot of shows and movies I saw when I was a kid, and later watched as an adult. There were plenty of jokes I heard as an adult that I never got as a kid.

  • Kiki’s Cold Sake

    When I first read this, my mind read “Fever Pitch.” And all I could think is that your kids must be big Red Sox fans! Lol!

    • Carinn Jade

      Oh no, that movie is awful!!

    • AlexMMR

      Hey! My husband and I are extras in that movie! The crowd at the ballpark f’en makes that film!

    • Carinn Jade

      Ok, it just got 100% cooler!

    • Carinn Jade

      Ok, it just got 100% cooler!

    • Carinn Jade

      Ok, it just got 100% cooler!

    • CrazyLogic

      I say it’s great…but I’m a Red Sox fan from Boston and there are a lot of local jokes that people tend to miss.

  • Ginny

    I watched Beerfest when I was like six…so, I think you’re ok.

  • AlexMMR

    My poor parents had to sit through Grease I don’t know how many times.

    And I’m so glad I’m not the only one turning on Pitch Perfect all the time since it currently seems to be on an endless loop on one of our premium channels!

  • once upon a time

    Am I the only one who didn’t think that Pitch Perfect wasn’t the progressive, female led comedy that everyone else makes it out to be? I especially hated the way they portrayed the lesbian character, cramming in all those negative “aggressive lesbian who’ll jump on anything with a vagina” tropes. Not that it wasn’t a good movie, I just don’t feel the ‘girl power!’ message they tried to portray.

    • CrazyLogic

      There’s a girl power message? I was too focused on laughing my ass off and thinking how awesome this girl playing Fat Amy is…

    • once upon a time

      Maybe I’m hanging out with the wrong people then. Everyone I talk to acts like Pitch Perfect is the Thelma and Louise of the tensies.

      Anything with Rebel Wilson is always going to be awesome.

  • Allie

    Oh, hun. My nephew watched Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets about 6 times a day every day when he was a toddler, and wandered around the house mumbling “Harry Potter” when he wasn’t actually glued to the set. He is now a perfectly lovey 13-year old – kind to his parents, loving to his family, diligent in school. I have another friend who let his kids watch every R-rated movie as they were growing up – but not in a vacuum. They watched them together and discussed their cinematic merits afterwards. Guess what – the kids learned to think critically. Your LO’s will be fine. They all go through these obsessions.

  • Kel

    Best. Movie. Ever. And my seven year old taught herself Cups. Hours of taut concentration :)

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  • Crowther Amanda-Beth

    I just appluad you for knowing diffremces in toddler and preschooler. So many parents try calling two yr old preschooer and more egregious their 3 and 4 yr old a toddler their very different beimngs. It isn’t doing harm so rock on maybe they will be good singers when thekor older and this will stimulate tjeor love of music.