6. The Cocoanuts (1929) ★★½
Directors: Robert Florey, Joseph Santley
Starring: The Marx Brothers, Margaret Dumont
The Cocoanuts is set in Miami, where hotel manager Mr. Hammer (Groucho Marx) struggles to keep his establishment from going under. Hammer's only paying guest is Mrs. Potter (Margaret Dumont), whose daughter Polly (Mary Eaton) is in love with aspiring architect Bob (Oscar Shaw). Mrs. Potter would prefer that Polly marry the respectable Harvey Yates (Cyril Ring); what she doesn't know is that Yates is a jewel thief, in cahoots with the slinky Penelope (Kay Francis.)
This is the Marx Brothers full-length first feature film. There are some funny jokes that way overshadow the plot and the forgettable music numbers.
7. Pitch Perfect (2012) ★★★½
Director: Jason Moore
Actors: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp
The plot follows an all girl college a cappella group, The Barden Bellas, as they compete against another a Capella group from their college to win Nationals.
The previews made this out to be a horrible Glee rip-off, but this is my surprise like of the year. The musical numbers were great - especially when they were having the 'Riff Off'. Anna Kendrick is great and there are some genuine laugh out loud moments.