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A couple of days ago I watched this new musical comedy, Pitch Perfect. Here's one question that puzzles me: Why was Beca's riff-off considered invalid? What "it" did they need to match and how? I've watched this particular scene, like, 50 times and I still have no clue. Maybe there's something in the book that they forgot to include in the movie?

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@coleopterist: thanks for the rephrasing! –  Sergio Tulentsev Dec 25 '12 at 13:16
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Jesse's song used the word "it" in its lyrics. Beca's rap riffed off this word. However, her song began with the word "it's" and was therefore deemed invalid on a technicality.

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Ah, I see now. Yeah, unexpected rule :) –  Sergio Tulentsev Dec 25 '12 at 13:17
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Jesse sang "it feels like the first time" and Beca's song started off with "it's going down...", deeming it invalid.

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Beca sang "it's going down," and not it from "it feels like the first time," therefore causing them to lose the competition.

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