Fridge / Pitch Perfect

Fridge Brilliance
  • I've always been interested in a seemingly throw-away line from Fat Amy, "Plus, I was really tired of all my boyfriends and I needed to get away from that." During the little mini-montage when we see all the Bellas getting the texts about going to the finals, Amy is lounging in a pool with some VERY attractive men, so that line never made sense to me. Then suddenly I realized, Fat Amy is rich! Loaded, probably! Think about it. She's from Tasmania, but is going to a seemingly prestigious American college, and seems to dislike the boys she's dated, despite being lovely and interesting. If she was rich, she would be tired of spending time with men who only wanted her for her money. It would also explain the inexplicably nice pool, and even why she goes by Amy instead of Patricia. She, by joining the Bellas, was trying to seperate herself from her rich persona by immersing herself in a talent that was entirely her own.
    • This is also supported in the sequel, when the group discusses their post-graduation plans and Fat Amy admits to having none in particular. Sure she's a free spirit, but her having a lot of money would have it make more sense that she could afford to do what she wants and not immediately worry about getting a job.
    • Confirmed by Pitch Perfect 3, in which the B-plot is all about Fat Amy. We find that that she grew up in luxury as the daughter of an international criminal mastermind. While the "boyfriends" were probably true enough, she actually ran away to America to get away from him and his henchmen (which probably include the aforementioned boyfriends). Her mother, meanwhile, is/was independently wealthy enough to set up a Cayman Islands account in Amy's name to the tune of $180 million (which Amy says is separate from her father's "dirty money"), so she's probably the one funding her daughter's American adventures.
      • Except she doesn't know about the account and it's said earlier in the film that she's Beca's roommate but doesn't pay rent. It's quite likely they just enjoy her confidence as a Big Beautiful Woman or possibly they are a Chubby Chaser.
  • Beca dismisses film endings as predictable, specifically the reveal that Darth Vader is Luke's father in Empire Strikes Back on the grounds that "Vader" means father in German — but it doesn't. This shows us a certain amount of know-it-all-ism found in many college students.
    • It's Dutch for father, though, and she may genuinely have got the language mixed up. To be fair, it's better than a lot of college kids who don't know any foreign languages.
      • Except the Dutch word for father is neither spelt nor pronounced the same way as Vader's name. The connection is only obvious if you already know the twist, so the argument still holds.
    • In any case, the character of Darth Vader predated the idea of Vader being Luke's father when Star Wars was originally conceived, so at best she is Right for the Wrong Reasons.
  • Cynthia Rose is the one who starts singing S&M in the Riff-off, and the actress Ester Dean actually wrote it.
    • She also co-wrote "Party In The USA", so it makes sense that she's the first one to join in on the bus.
  • 'Bellas' means 'pretty girls' in Italian, so there is some justification as to why the traditionalists believe they should be so.
    • 'Bella' is only the singular feminine form of the word meaning 'beautiful'. The plural (feminine) form is 'belle'. The Italian language does not add an 's' to singular adjectives to make them plural.
  • There is a real ICCA-winning A Cappella group called the BU Treblemakers, from Boston University, who released "Don't You Forget About Me" on their fifth album, in 2009.
  • The reason Bumper hits on Fat Amy? He knows about the "no Trebles" rule and is trying to sabotage them.
    • But he totally actually likes her.
  • In the sequel both Jessica and Ashley, dismissed yet again, say that they're Jessica. It's a hilarious line. However, there's Fridge Brilliance of it being one of either A. They have genuinely forgotten, too. Unlikely, but possible given that they're just Those Two Guys. B. Ashley knows that nobody actually knows or cares and because the pair are always referred to as "Jessica and Ashley", she'd at least like to come first. More likely, and pretty funny in itself.
  • In the first film, Aubrey is very determined to make sure that the Bellas do the same set every time they perform. She says early on that the Bellas never break tradition, but there's another way to look at it. All three times we see them perform The Sign/Eternal Flame/Turn the Beat Around, something doesn't go according to plan. The first time, Aubrey vomits, ruining the Bellas' chance at winning. The second time, Fat Amy improvises and steals the show. The third time, Beca tries to sing Bulletproof to spice it up, but that costs them the competition. This shows that, at least since the vomiting incident, Aubrey had the group perform the same songs so eventually they could get it right, without any interruptions or screw-ups, becoming a bit of a perfectionist, at least for her own self-satisfactory needs.

Fridge Logic
  • Is Fat Amy really the best choice to drive the bus? She is, after all, the ONLY member of the team who (as the resident Awesome Aussie) would have learned to drive on the other side of the road. (Kinda surprised they missed this opportunity for comedy, really.)
  • Chloe really was disorganized at the start of the film, like Alice says.

Fridge Horror