GIMME FIVE: Reasons ‘Pitch Perfect’ is aca-mazing for Toronto’s MUFF

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I still remember when I saw Pitch Perfect for the first time. I was living in Utah (yeah, yeah, it’s not my fault that’s where Sundance is, okay?) and it was a quiet Sunday and I decided to take myself to the movies. I knew it was going to be at least an okay time because the “regular” price of movie tickets in Salt Lake City is barely $6 and they also had Mr Pibb at concessions. (Hashtag: so blessed.)

I was the only one in the theatre because by then, the film had been out for over a month. I was hoping for something magical, but preparing myself for something more like Glee (note: I’m not a big fan of Glee). Luckily, it was the former. Like, so magical. Like literally magical because at one point some dude pulled a hamster out of his sleeve and maybe it had been there for days, but who cares because MAGIC, GUYS. I’ve had a major toner for Pitch Perfect since then and knew that it was the only movie I wanted to screen with the MUFF Society in May. Why? Because of Pitch Perfect 2, aca-bitches!

Don’t lie: we’ve all been counting down the days until the glorious return of the Bellas. And could there be anything more perfect than screening Pitch Perfect the day before the sequel comes out? That’s what I thought. But in case you still need convincing, here’s five reasons why Pitch Perfect is aca-mazing.

1. This scene

No explanation needed.

2. Screenwriter Kay Cannon

Cannon brought the Bellas to life with snappy dialogue, fierce loyalty and a little bit of horizontal running. She’s best known for her work on 30 Rock, for which she was nominated for an Emmy. Also, she’s pretty darn sexy.

3. Anna Kendrick

When Pitch Perfect came out, Anna Kendrick was either known as that girl from Twilight or that girl from the George Clooney airplane movie. But it’s thanks to this movie that she now lives in all of our hearts. Forever and ever. And ever. I can’t imagine anyone better to play Beca. The snark, the perfect uncomfortable smile-smirk thing, the rapping abilities–it was all perfect.

Get it, gurl. Get it.

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4. Oh, and basically everyone else in the movie

And while we’re on the topic of characters, the Bellas were all freakin’ fantastic. As a whole they were written amazingly. There were no catfights over stupid things (okay, so there was a vomit-fight,but that’s totally different), and they all had their quirks that made them all interesting, they all made mistakes, and then they all learned to work together (awwwwwww). But, really, it’s all about Fat Amy.

Rebel Wilson is a beautiful angel, almost too perfect for this wretched earth. All of my favourite lines end up being Fat Amy lines and I just can’t help it because they’re all so good.

5. Particularly Elizabeth Banks

Okay, this is kind of cheating, but I can’t write about Pitch Perfect without mentioning that the sequel is directed by Elizabeth Banks. Woo, girl power!

Banks was a producer of the first film (and also appeared as one of the a cappella competition commentators). I like to think she was all, “BACK OFF, ACA-BITCHES! NO ONE BUT ME IS WORTHY TO DIRECT THE SEQUEL.” But we’ll never really know for sure either way, now will we.

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Catch the MUFF Society’s screening of PITCH PERFECT Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Royal Cinema. The MUFF Society is moving to the Carlton Cinema starting with next month’s screening of JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS.

All photos and videos courtesy of Universal Pictures.

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