Universal Pictures recently announced that the much-anticipated Pitch Perfect sequel will hit theaters sometime in 2015. Suffice it to say, this is a good move on Universal’s part. Released last September on a budget of $17 million, the smash hit a capella comedy earned $112 million worldwide and spawned a chart-climbing soundtrack that has sold over 636,000 copies and launched a hit single, Anna Kendrick’s “Cups”. Former 30 Rock writer Kay Cannon, who wrote the first movie, will also write the script for the sequel.
Pitch Perfect‘s offbeat humor, colorful characters, and fantastic musical numbers created a fantastic film and many are eager to see its sequel. It’s still in its early stages, but we decided to put together a little wish list for the things we’d like to see in the new movie. Some of these are components that the original movie needs to improve on, but others are simply ideas for Anna Kendrick and Co. to pump up their game and push themselves even further. Regardless, we’re sure that we’ll love the sequel as long as it includes lots of musical mash-ups, a capella puns, and Rebel Wilson’s horizontal running.
The entire cast must return: If there’s even one “original” who doesn’t return, it will leave a gaping hole. Pitch Perfect was such an ensemble movie and unique because every character was, for the most part, funny and memorable. And please, for the love of all things holy, do not make this movie without Anna Kendrick. Her understated performance is the sun that all of those crazy planets orbit around!
Combine the Bellas & the Treblemakers: You know what’s even better than an all-female or an all-male a capella group? A co-ed a capella group. By combining the Barden Bellas and the Treblemakers, musical numbers could become even more epic. Maybe in the sequel they’re forced to band together and compete against some horribly evil a capella groups from another university, or maybe there’s an international competition that forces the two groups to join forces and compete against the globe’s best a capella groups. Yes, it’s a little cliché, but Cannon’s sharp dialogue and the memorable cast performances have managed to overcome that hurdle in the past, so I have no doubt they could do it again.
Solid relationship between Beca & Jesse: A pet peeve of mine is when a movie’s unexpected sequel breaks up the main love interests just to create drama. Pitch Perfect‘s Beca (Anna Kendrick) and Jesse (Skylar Astin) had a fabulous, Breakfast Club-inspired reunion at the end of the first film. I beg Cannon not to mess with this. No one wants to watch an already-solid couple make moon eyes at each other for the entire sequel, then make up at the end, like the audience already knew they would. If romantic drama is needed, find it with other characters. I’m more interested in seeing the progression of Beca and Jesse’s relationship, because, let’s face it, they’re pretty adorable together.
Give Fat Amy more to do: Is it too much to ask for a little character development in the sequel? Rebel Wilson is a talented comedian, but another ninety minutes of her little sarcastic quips might get stale after a while. I’m not saying Cannon should have Fat Amy go through some existential crisis, but I’d like to see her character challenged. She’s always so cool and laidback, but what happens when she’s off her game? Besides giving the film a bit more variety, it would also enable Wilson to prove her comedic range. I mentioned earlier that the sequel should find romantic drama somewhere besides Beca & Jesse’s relationship. What if Fat Amy met her match in some fast-talking rival? And their love was forbidden? And they had to steal awkwardly sexual moments together? I’d certainly pay money to see that!
More throwbacks: For me, the greatest moment of Pitch Perfect was during the final Bellas performance, when Kendrick began singing the first few lines of “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”. Judging from the excited shrieks of my fellow audience members, you could tell that we were all lovers of The Breakfast Club. All of the feelings we’d originally received while first viewing that film reemerged in this final scene of Pitch Perfect. When utilized correctly, nostalgia can be an incredibly powerful emotional force. The sequel should definitely give us some more of these throwbacks, although it might be a little hard to top John Hughes.
No more vomiting: Please don’t tell me this needs an explanation.
So there’s our list! Anything else that you’d like to see? Any aca-mazing puns you’d like to share with us? Let us know in the comments!
Article by Liz Isenberg