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During the Riff-Off, Ester Dean sings S&M, which was co-written by her.
Brittany Snow said that Rebel Wilson improvised most of her lines and would go on 20-minute tangents that would have the whole cast and crew in stitches.
The story line between Bumper and Fat Amy was not in the script. Adam Devine and Rebel Wilson would improvise during their scenes together, and Devine would often try to kiss her. This led to Devine and Wilson to create a backstory for their two characters and their relationship. The filmmakers thought the hostile, sexual chemistry between the two was funny and kept some of the scenes in the film, though according to the two actors, there was a lot that was cut out, including a reference to a one-night stand.
Adam Devine (Bumper) accidentally hit a cameraman with one of the burritos he had to throw out of the bus.
Available categories for the Riff off: The only categories exercised were Songs About Sex and Ladies of the 80's.
The song that Beca performs at her audition, "Cups (Miss Me When I'm Gone)," is a combination of a children's rhythmic percussion game played with drinking cups with a song that dates back to the late 1920s or early 1930s: "When I'm Gone," written by A.P. Carter and first recorded by his seminal folk-country group "The Carter Family." The song and the game were first combined in 2009 by the British group "Lulu and the Lampshades;" Anna Kendrick heard this version and decided to include it in her audition scene. In the U.S., the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 93 for the week ending January 12, 2013, even before the song was released as a single. By its 32nd week on that chart, it had climbed to number 6 (for the week ending August 17, 2013).
A special screening of the film was held on 25 September 2012 at the LSU Student Union Theater, because parts of the movie were filmed on LSU's campus. The turnout for the screening was so great that only a little more than half of the students in line got in to see the movie. The producer saw that there were more students wanting to see the film and allowed a second showing immediately following the first.
Despite being an accomplished songwriter, this served as the first live-action acting role for Ester Dean, who plays Cynthia Rose.
Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins filmed all their scenes in one day.
Anna Kendrick said on the Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #20.19 (2012) that she learned her audition song "You're Going to Miss Me When I'm Gone" performed with the plastic cup from a viral video. It was incorporated into the movie after the producers learned she already knew how to do it.
The role of Gail was originally written for Kristen Wiig but she declined due to scheduling conflicts. Elizabeth Banks, one of the film's producers, eventually took the role.
In real life, Skylar Astin (Jesse) is in a relationship with Anna Camp (Aubrey).
Despite what Anna Kendrick's character claims in the movie, Vader (of Darth Vader) does not mean "father" in German, but it does in Netherlands Dutch. Both the Dutch "vader" and the German "Vater" are pronounced with the "a" as in "far," instead of the "a" as in "later." In the German dubbed version of the film, this was changed, and Kendrick says that Vader means "father" in Netherlands Dutch.
At one point, while Beca is attending the activities fair and checking out the booth for the DJs (Deaf Jews), a spirited game of Quidditch (from the Harry Potter books and movies) can be seen going on in the background, including players straddling broomsticks and one player shouting, "Throw me the Quaffle!" Simulated Quidditch games have been enacted on a number of university campuses in recent years.
When Beca enters the radio station for the first time, the station's frequency is written on the outside window (85.7), but DJ Luke's voice is heard in the background, saying the frequency is 95.7 ("...music for the independent mind").
Kelley Jakle (Jessica) was an actual ICCA-winner in 2008 and 2010 with the USC SoCal Vocals. Ben Bram, who worked in the music department of the film, also won the ICCAs with the 2008 and 2010 USC SoCal Vocals.
In the Riff-Off scene, one of the categories is "Songs Ruined By Glee (2009)." Anna Camp (Aubrey) guest starred in Glee: Sectionals (2009). Moreover, Skylar Astin and Lea Michele (Glee (2009)'s lead actress) worked together on the original Broadway production of the musical "Spring Awakening". Furthermore, Skylar Astin guest starred in Glee: City of Angels (2014) and an episode of Glee. Finally, Anna Kendrick (Beca), Rebel Wilson (Fat Amy), Elizabeth Banks (Gail) and Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester from Glee (2009)) appeared together in What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012).
Things Lilly says almost inaudibly during the movie: "My name is Lilly (surname), and I was born with gills like a fish," (Aca auditions) "What happened last year? And, do you guys want to see a dead body?" (First new Bellas rehearsal scene) "I did a stint in County," (In Beca's room after she is released from police custody), "I set fires to feel joy," (to Donald on the Treble's bus) "I ate my twin in the womb." (Group confessions)
The gas station the girls' bus stops at is actually a Kean's dry cleaners in Baton Rouge, LA.
The film's three leads, Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin, are all left-handed.
Although never working together before, Anna Kendrick (Beca) and Skylar Astin (Jesse) share a connection with the prestigious performing arts camp Stagedoor Manor in upstate New York. Astin attended the camp for multiple years and appeared in the documentary Stagedoor (2006), and Kendrick starred in Camp (2003) which was based on and filmed at Stagedoor Manor.
The song "Starships" is sung in the movie as a background song. It is sung a capella by everyone in the movie, but it is not on the Pitch Perfect movie soundtrack CD.
Ester Dean's character, Cynthia Rose, is named after a child mentioned in the Prince song "Starfish and Coffee."
Beca's headphones are Sony MDR-7506 and Beyer Dynamic DT770pro, both large diaphragm closed earcup designs favored among DJs and broadcasters.
References to Chris Rock and the E! television network were stricken from the French subtitles, probably due to their lack of notoriety among French audiences.
The song playing in the car Jesse is first seen in is "Carry On, My Wayward Son" by Kansas.
When Beca (Anna Kendrick) enters the campus radio station for the first time, a voice is heard saying, "95.7 WBUJ," and the slogan "music for the independent mind." This is actually the slogan of 88.9 WERS, the Emerson College radio station.
John Michael Higgins played a member of the "Tone Rangers" a cappella group in the movie The Break-Up (2006).
The second collaboration between Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins, the first being Fred Claus (2007), where they played Elves.
ICCAs stands for International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.
Adam Devine and Rebel Wilson both acted opposite each other in Workaholics: Straight Up Juggahos (2011).
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Beca has an Allen Ginsberg poster in her dorm room.
Barden University is a fictional educational institution.
Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins do the announcing in the movie, and they do so in a goofy manner, a reference to John Michael Higgins in the movie Best in Show (2000), where one of the announcers also announces in a goofy manner.
Beca is seen watching The Breakfast Club (1985) on her laptop. The actor in that scene is Judd Nelson, who was born and raised in Portland, Maine, which is where Anna Kendrick (Beca) is from.
Announcer (John Michael Higgins) sang in an acapella group called "The Tone Rangers" in The Break-Up (2006).
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Jesse's college room number is 334, seen when Beca tries to apologize to him.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

During the scene when the Bellas sing "Party in the USA", Chloe hums "Dancing Queen" before she starts singing "Party in the USA"
Aubrey calls Beca an Alto, but she sings Mezzo for the final performance
The first time the Trebles preform you see look-alikes of the new Bellas.
The Cup song became very popular because of this movie.
Baloney Barb is seen in the BU Harmonics.

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