The Pitch Perfect movie franchise was created by Kay Cannon and loosely based on the novel Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate a Cappella Glory written by Mickey Rapkin. The first movie was an instant sensation and it launch a franchise spanning three movies in total, and a Peacock spin-off TV series.
The movies follow an ensemble cast, led by Anna Kendrick, who form an all-female a cappella group, The Barden Bellas. All three movies are filled with great a cappella song arrangements of both modern and older classics, paired with entertaining dance numbers. Aside from the music, the Pitch Perfect movies take on topics of student life and everything that follows.
How many Pitch Perfect movies are there?
There are three movies in the Pitch Perfect franchise. The first movie, Pitch Perfect, came out in 2013. Three years later in 2015 Pitch Perfect 2 was released. And the third and last movie titled Pitch Perfect 3 hit the theaters in 2017.
Pitch Perfect movies in order (at a glance)
The Pitch Perfect movies left us with more than just three comedy movies, it left us with an amazing soundtrack. Three of the songs from the soundtrack charted on the Billboard Hot 100, including the highly covered song “Cups”. That song started a worldwide trend, where the song would be performed using cup percussion, just like Anna Kendrick’s character in the first movie.
- Pitch Perfect (2013)
- Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
- Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)
The ensemble cast of the Pitch Perfect franchise features rising stars like Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Ben Platt, and Hailee Steinfeld.
What is the best way to watch Pitch Perfect movies?
The best way to watch all three Pitch Perfect movies is by release date. Every movie follows takes place on the same timeline as its release date, meaning three years pass between the first and second movies, and two years pass between the second and third movies.
Pitch Perfect movies in order (by release date)
1. Pitch Perfect (2013)
Director: Jason Moore
Writer: Kay Cannon
Release Date: Oct 5, 2012
Runtime: 1h 52m
Synopsis: A freshman at Barton University, Beca is a rebel and she doesn’t want to be part of any clique, but fate (and her dad) has other plans. The Barton Bellas are a legendary all-female a cappella group that has fallen in hard times, and now they have to rely on outcasts to restore their former glory. Beca will be the breath of fresh air in the group, and she will force the women of the group out of their comfort zone of traditional arrangements and into a world of modern music. Now, they have to fight other a cappella groups for the top.
2. Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
Director: Elizabeth Banks
Writer: Kay Cannon
Release Date: May 15, 2015
Runtime: 1h 55m
Synopsis: Three years have passed since our Bellas won the national title. The girls will find themselves flying too close to the sun after a performance for the president goes terribly wrong. This national scandal strips the Bellas of their performing duties and causes internal tension. They will get a second chance at the world championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, but this will only work if the women must get their act together and learn how to be a team again.
3. Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)
Director: Trish Sie
Writer: Kay Cannon, Mike White
Release Date: Dec 22, 2017
Runtime: 1h 34m
Synopsis: The Bellas, still riding a high tide from their win at the world championships, find themselves in hard times as they discover the shocking reality- there aren’t many prospects for making music with your mouth. Their saving grace is an invitation to reunite for an overseas USO tour. Will this group of misfits be able to come together to make music, maybe for the last time?
Where to watch Pitch Perfect movies?
Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, and Pitch Perfect 3 are exclusively streaming on Peacock TV. But, still, you can rent or buy Pitch Perfect movies on AppleTV, Google Play, and Amazon Prime Video.
Do you need to watch Pitch Perfect movies in order?
You have to watch all three Pitch Perfect movies in their release order. All the movies feature almost the same characters that we follow through the years, from college freshmen to seniors to unemployed young adults.
Are Pitch Perfect movies connected?
All movies in the Pitch Perfect franchise are connected. All movies follow the Barden Bellas, Barden University’s all-girl a cappella group that competes against new rivals every movie, and sometimes they even compete amongst themselves. Aside from singing, there are romantic relationships and friendships that we see develop through the years in the Pitch Perfect movies. So, the Pitch Perfect franchise is pretty tightly connected.
Will there be more Pitch Perfect movies?
As of right now, there is no official plan for Pitch Perfect 4. Even though former cast members speak very fondly of the franchise, and they say they would do another movie in a heartbeat, there is no confirmation anything is in the works. But, no need to panic, Treblemakers, there is a new spin-off TV series set to release on November 23, 2022, on Peacock.
The series is called Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin, and it follows Adam DeVine’s character, Bumper as he tries to become a pop star in Berlin. We hope there are many good things yet to come out of the Pitch Perfect franchise.