We’ve seen the movie Pitch Perfect, where plucky Beca (Anna Kendrick) decides to join her college a cappella group. Did we adore the film? No diggity! (That means yes.) But the more we think about it, the more we realize that it’s no surprise we liked Pitch Perfect — since it’s pretty darn similar to Glee at times. (Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?)
So here are the five biggest similarities between Pitch Perfect and Glee, including familiar characters and storylines, several of the exact same songs, and plenty of vomit. That said, the only thing better than Glee is two Glees.
1. Pitch Perfect uses a number of the same songs — and mash-ups, too.
Glee certainly didn’t invent the mash-up, but mash-ups are a trademark of the show, which is why the Bellas’ big revelation that mash-ups can help them win feels like something that New Directions learned eons ago. Plus, among the songs that Pitch Perfect covers are “Like a Virgin,” “Starships,” “Just the Way You Are,” and “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.” Hmm... where else have we heard those songs? (Answer: They were all on Glee. But you knew that already.)
2. Many of the characters are more than a little familiar.
There’s no character who’s an exact replica of someone on Glee, but a few of the characters are a little too close. For example, Aubrey (Anna Camp) is very Quinn (Dianna Agron)-like with her controlling nature and the way she tries to keep people from having sex. And Glee’s Brittany (Heather Morris) is sort of a combination of Fat Amy’s (Rebel Wilson) anything-goes personality and Lilly’s (Hana Mae Lee) super-quiet but bizarre non sequiturs.
And while we’re at it, let’s not ignore the fact that Pitch Perfect also has a parent and child who learn to respect each other once the parent becomes a teacher at the child’s school, along the lines of Glee’s Shelby (Idina Menzel) and Rachel (Lea Michele). We’re just thankful that Beca’s dad doesn’t end up sleeping with one of Beca’s friends, as Shelby did with Puck (Mark Salling) — something that still sort of grosses us out.
3. Fall in love — right after hearing them sing.
The whole theme of music bringing people together is prevalent, and Pitch Perfect especially seems Glee-like when Beca realizes she has strong feelings for Jesse (Skylar Astin) once she watches him sing toward the end. We can’t even count how many characters on Glee have swooned for someone after a particularly powerful song. (And speaking of Jesse, his group’s name was the Treblemakers, which isn’t too different from Glee’s Troubletones.)
4. Who needs choir auditions? Just creep on people singing in the shower!
This one might be the most egregious similarity, considering how many times Glee has had someone discover someone else’s singing voice by hearing them in the shower. Schue (Matthew Morrison) heard Finn (Cory Monteith) in the shower, Finn heard Sam (Chord Overstreet) in the shower, and Rachel heard Brody (Dean Geyer) in the shower. So we were shaking our heads when, sure enough, Chloe (Brittany Snow) overhears Beca in the shower. So many song-loving (and clean) people.
5. Lots of little things are borrowed from Glee, like onstage vomit and viral videos.
And then there are all the little similarities been the two. An example is Aubrey vomiting onstage during a song, much like Brittany did during Season 2, Episode 14: “Blame It On the Alcohol.” Or Fat Amy getting pelted with a burrito, à la the food fight in Season 3, Episode 1: “The Purple Piano Project.” Or Benji being a huge Star Wars fan, like Sam. Or Aubrey getting embarrassed when a humiliating YouTube video of her goes viral, which happened to Sue (Jane Lynch). Or... Need we go on?