Pretty Little Liars Musical Episode? 3 Film Classics PLL Should Parody
We’ve really enjoyed watching the Pretty Little Liars Powers That Be slip subtle Hitchcock references into the show, but we think it’s time PLL moved beyond “the master of suspense.” There’s a treasure trove of classic films just waiting to be parodied in an episode of Pretty Little Liars. Which three do we think make the best candidates?
“One crime. Four version of the truth.” That’s the tagline used in the American re-release trailer for Rashomon. And you thought he 1950 Japanese period film had nothing in common with PLL! Rashomon is known for the plot device that has multiple characters recounting their unique (and, often, differing) perspectives of the same event. Film and television use this conceit all of the time. In fact, TV Tropes has an entire page dedicated to it. There are so many ways in which this model could be used for a PLL episode, but we’d love to have it turned against the Liars. Let’s face it: it’s only a matter of time before state cops Holbrook and Tanner interrogate the girls separately to figure out what the heck they know. Maybe they ask the Liars about the day Ali died. Maybe they ask about the day Wilden died. Basically, choose a day someone died in Rosewood and watch the Liars squirm. Add some shots of the sun leaking through the trees and a few samurai references, and - voila! - you’ve got yourself a full-on Rashomon parody.
Singin’ in the Rain
We love Rosewood, but it has always reminded us of a stage (for good reason). The streets are just a little bit too clean and well-lit. The hedges are just too green and well-groomed. This isn’t a complaint, it’s an opportunity. Singin’ in the Rainis one of our favorite musicals, and Rosewood’s lamp posts are just asking to be swung on! And its cutesy cobblestone streets just waiting to be danced down. We already know the PLL cast has musical ability. Sasha and Lucy are launching county music careers. Keegan is a singer, Ashley a former dancer (who has actually tap-danced to “Singin in the Rain”), and Ian once played a jazzy crooner in a smoothie commercial. A PLL musical episode needs to happen, and Troian already has the trenchcoat for Singin’ in the Rain, so...
We all know that “A” will do just about anything to make the Liars squirm, but how far would she really go? The 1925 Soviet silent film Battleship Potemkinis considered one of the greatest films of all time, and “the Odessa Steps sequence” is one of the most recognizable in film history. It follows a fictional Czarist massacre on a giant public staircase. We’re not suggesting “A” start a revolution or anything (not really her style), but we could totally see her mimicking the runaway baby carriage down the steps sequence when one of the Liars refuses to do what she wants. Don’t worry, no babies will be harmed in this parody -- we’re thinking this is the perfect opportunity for “A” to make use of the seemingly infinite number of creepy dolls she has at her disposal.
Which classic film do you want to see PLL reference? Share your picks in the comments below!
Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.