It’s too early to call Pitch Perfect a cult movie but it does have a huge following on Tumblr.
The 2012 musical comedy was directed by Jason Moore and starred Anna Kendrick as Beca, a college freshman who finds herself joining an a capella group full of misfit girls. She pushes the group, called The Bellas, to get out of their comfort zone of traditional melodies and start singing mash-ups. She also has a budding romance with Jesse (Skylar Astin), a member of the rival all-male a cappella group on campus.
Anna Kendrick’s “Cups”, which was featured on the Pitch Perfect soundtrack and is a cover of a Lulu and The Lampshades song, was a top 10 song on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It even got its own music video, separate from Pitch Perfect. That should tell you something about the popularity of this movie.
The upcoming sequel, Pitch Perfect 2, is directed by Elizabeth Banks, who also has a small role in both films as a commentator for the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. It’s her first directing gig for a feature length film.
Banks described the movie back in September: “The girls are now graduating seniors. They’re coming to the end of their time as Bellas and figuring out how to sort of leave the nest and the comfort of each other’s friendship and figure out what they’re going to do with the rest of their lives.”
Pretty much everyone is returning for the sequel, including Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin, Hana Mae Lee, Adam DeVine, and Alexis Knapp. The most notable newcomer is Hailee Steinfeld whose newbie status within The Bellas is touched on in the trailer. We also get some David Cross, a wealthy a cappella aficionado.
According to Entertainment Weekly, which revealed more details about the movie, we’ll be hearing a cappella versions of Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats.” The reason we see so much of Brittany Snow’s character Chloe in the trailer? She hasn’t graduated. Snow says, “Because Chloe is so passionate about singing and being a part of the Bellas and being a part of a family, she intentionally failed [for] four years.”
I never understood the appeal of the first movie, but I won’t begrudge other people for liking it. To me, it isn’t that different from Glee — and I’m not a fan of that, either. I do like some of the songs, though, so maybe I’ll pick up the soundtrack for Pitch Perfect 2.
Pitch Perfect 2 opens in theaters on May 15, 2015. What do you think of the trailer?