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Anna Kendrick shows off her comedy chops and singing swagger in this music-fueled romp that centers on the rivalry between two college a capella groups, vying to be the best balladeers on campus. Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and Anna Camp co-star; Jason Moore directs.
The blind ambition that drives competition can be a great source for hilarious hijinks. And while the ladies of Pitch Perfect get laughs with their broad and brassy humor, the three funny features below offer their own distinct takes on competition and comedy, be it warm and relatable, crude yet endearing, or willfully rude and unsentimental.
A League of Their Own (1992) Geena Davis fronts this beloved baseball-centered comedy as no-nonsense catcher Dottie Hinson, the heart and soul of the Rockford Peaches, an all-woman baseball team formed when the demand of able-bodied men in World War II led to a standstill in professional sports. Faced with a drunken brute as a coach (Tom Hanks), and a team that includes a shameless flirt (Madonna), a tearful mother with bratty boy in tow, and her little sister (Lori Petty) hell-bent on making a name of her own, Dottie has her work ahead of her as the ladies drive for the World Series. Jon Lovitz, David Strathairn and Rosie O'Donnell co-star; Penny Marshall directs.
Goon (2012) One of the best releases of 2012 stars Seann William Scott as Doug 'The Thug' Glatt, a sweet-hearted bouncer with a special talent for brawling. After a fateful fight in the stands of a hockey game, Doug gets his chance at hockey glory, hired to guard a scoring phenom whose grown skittish after being bombarded by legendary enforcer Ross 'The Boss' Rhea. From his first step in the rink, this lovable goon is destined to square off against his idol, where only one man will be left standing. The blood on the ice narrative is made more palatable by a crass yet heartfelt sense of humor forged by screenwriters Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg. Liev Schreiber and Alison Pill co-star; Michael Dowse directs.
The Bad News Bears (1976) Most movies that feature a kids' sports offer a scrappy team and disillusioned coach that are rough around the edges, but destined for an inspiring victory after learning some hard-won lessons about sportsmanship. The Bad News Bears is not one of these movies. Walter Matthau stars as a growling alcoholic hired to coach a little league team made up of misfit minors with bad attitudes, foul mouths, and little to no athletic prowess. In short, it makes for an irreverent comedy that's hilarious, but probably not suitable for the whole family. Tatum O'Neal and Jackie Earle Haley co-star; Michael Ritchie directs.
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