Pitch Perfect came close to cracking the Top 5 at the box office over the weekend, which might not seem too impressive except for the fact that it was playing in only 335 theaters---which means the movie hit the right notes with the lucky theaters that got the movie.
I was one of the lucky movie-goers to see the film, and the best way to describe it is "two 'Glee' episodes. . .that don't suck."
However, there was one thing that struck a wrong chord with me: Anna Kendrick's love interest, Jesse.
Not because actor Skylar Astin wasn't cute or good in the film, but because to me, he'll always be Rand from Hamlet 2---the character who pretty much comes out of the closet during the controversial high school play/musical.
Rand was the typical theater geek and a gay one at that, and because he was one of my favorite characters in the film, seeing him as a straight love interest in Pitch Perfect was jarring for me. It's almost as if his role in PP is the bizarro version of his role in H2.
But because of that, I couldn't disassociate Rand from Jesse! I kept thinking, "Don't kiss him, Anna! He likes boys!"
Does an actor's previous role ever ruin a movie for you? Or have I just been "Raped in the Face" too many times by Hamlet 2?