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  • Acting for Two:
    • C.J. Perry plays both one of the opening Bellas (the blonde one gagging) and one of the Footnotes.
    • One of DSM, Dylan Cheek, played one of the Footnotes in the original film.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • Whether intentional or not, Jessica Stanley in a group called the Bellas is hilarious.
      • Guessing Sarah Newlin can't smell the vampire on her, thankfully.
    • During the riff-off, Cynthia Rose starts off the Songs About Sex section with "S&M", a song that the actress (Ester Dean) wrote.
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    • Also, the university DJ asking if Beca is going to flight attendant training is funny considering how much time Anna Kendrick has spent in airports.
    • "So you know German. Well, now I know why you don't like fun things," is funny given that Skylar Astin acted in a musical all about Germans and fun.
    • Cormac McLaggen still likes his chances.
      • Beca did stop near the Quidditch club before the radio station.
    • Gail Abernathy sounds like someone Effie might know from District 12.
    • The guy who asks Jesse - who is surprisingly like Ted Mosby - and Bumper if they're looking for a fight plays a Tae Kwon-Do instructor in that same show.
      • *cough* he's dating Cassie *cough*
      • Uptight Honeywell has turned a bit... masochistic.
    • McLovin and Turk may have fought before.
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    • Luke Morgan seems to have switched out singing for DJing, the opposite of Beca.
    • "Too far?" - Beca, Gail, and Fat Amy are related here, and in Atlanta, too.
      • Beca was pregnant!?
      • Chloe might have been, if she did have Herpes.
      • Which also opens with someone throwing up during live performance. Yay.
    • The reason Beca's looking nervous when she finds out the oath was "Dixie chicks serious" is because she kissed Donald in high school and hopes Aubrey doesn't count it.
    • What when Donald was the DJ to Aubrey's shy lesbian?
    • Or when she was friends with his sister and visits them rapping, though they'd both started dry choking upon seeing the audience, giving her the line "Are you barfing?" "Stress vomiting is a totally real thing."
    • So, Jesse and Aubrey dated, then broke up, then he went to work in an office with Stacie, before they all went out to Karaoke?
      • Stacie disapproved of the couple.
      • Anna Camp being pitch perfect is lampshaded, if it's any consolation.
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    • One of the original Bellas from the segment where Aubrey puked the first time is played by C.J. Perry, aka Alexander Rusev's manager Lana.
    • The sequel also features Pentatonix as the group from Canada at the world championships.
    • Emily's mother is Peggy Bundy. And Leela.
    • One of the Tone Hangers in the second movie is A Professional Writer/PC.
    • Beca's new boss is Keegan-Michael Key of Key & Peele fame.
    • Clay Matthews, David Bakhtiari, Don Barclay, Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang, Jordan Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers have formed a singing group, apparently. And they're actually good!
    • Katrine thinks you are so tiny.
    • Robin Roberts appears as one of the Bellas in the final performance.
  • Actor-Inspired Element: Beca's audition song was selected by Anna Kendrick because she spent an afternoon learning it from a viral video on Reddit.
    • It was Ester Dean's idea to get Alexis Knapp to join her in singing "S&M" at the Riff-Off (or was it Cynthia Rose's?). Originally, it was just going to be her because it's her song, but she thought the character of Stacie singing it would be more appropriate.
  • Cast the Expert: Obviously they needed actors who can sing for the lead roles, but they hired a lot of singers and musical stars for the less-acting roles to make sure they had perfect pitch.
    • Michael Viruet can also ride the unicycle.
    • Anna Camp is The Cast Show Off: she is ALL the instruments.
    • While the a capella group Pentatonix certainly counts, some of its members fit this trope better. Avi Kaplan (vocal bass, arrangement and composition) was in a college group called Fermata Nowhere.
    • Most of DSM are just singers and dancers.
  • Cut Song: In the sequel, there's the Treblemakers' cover of "Locked Out Of Heaven" in an alternate scene for their performance of "Lollipop". The scene was completed and can be seen on YouTube here.
  • The Danza: John Michael Higgins as John and Ben Platt as Benji.
  • Dawson Casting: Though they all play college students, Anna Camp, Adam Devine, and Rebel Wilson are substantially older than their respective characters. Though you wouldn't be able to tell.
  • Directed by Cast Member : Elizabeth Banks (Gail) directed the sequel.
  • Fake Nationality: Komissar, the leader of Das Sound Maschine in the sequel, is played by Danish actress Birgitte Hjort Sørensen
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: Room was left for Rebel Wilson and Adam DeVine to do a lot of improv, which most of their interactions ultimately are. The rest of the cast, though, did have some freedom with their lines: just see the aca-inappropriate outtakes. Notably, Skylar Astin added a bunch of lines during song performances to the point they were expected and a lot made it into the film.
    • This could stem from the fact that Fat Amy wasnt even it the script initially. Rebel Wilson showed up for auditions, but wasnt a fit for any of the characters, but she did well enough that a character was created just for her.
    • Performed to the T as Anna Camp and Brittany Snow can be heard corpsing at the mermaid dancing, and Camp nearly does at the horizontal running (though it's not unbelievable that anyone would laugh, in the situations).
    • In the sequel, Anna Kendrick (and, to an extent, Brittany Snow) was also given breathing room. Half of her lines are improv.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Because of how popular Flula Borg is on YouTube, he featured at the end of the Honest Trailers of Pitch Perfect - he becomes one of the rivals in the sequel.
  • Playing Against Type: Though Anna Kendrick has played snarky characters like Beca in her more serious roles, her usual comedy work involves her playing the overly-sweet character like Brittany Snow's performance as Chloe.
  • Recycled Script: The sequel rehashes a lot from the first movie.
  • Romance on the Set: Anna Camp and Skylar Astin met while filming the first movie and got married in 2016.
  • Star-Making Role: This movie franchise dramatically rocketed Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Adam Devine, Ben Platt and Brittany Snow to stardom.


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