On 20th December The Bellas will make their cinematic encore when Pitch Perfect 3 arrives in Cineworld. Beca (Ana Kendrick), Amy (Rebel Wilson), Aubrey (Anna Camp) and the rest of their a capella comrades have been best friends for a long time now and they’re still as close as ever, which makes it all the more sad that this is the last time we'll see them on the big screen (reportedly).
In fact, The Bellas have continued to demonstrate the trademarks of a phenomenal friendship group: loyalty, understanding, and a genuine unbreakable bond, which makes us wish our real-life BFF group was half as awesome as these girls’. Like The Bellas, here are five incredible movie BFF groups we wish we could be part of.
The Breakfast Club
Movie: The Breakfast Club
Detention is an unavoidable and unenjoyable part of our teenage years. Nobody wants to be kept after class so we can only imagine how much worse detention would be on a Saturday.
This is exactly the predicament five teenagers from different social circles find themselves in John Hughes' 1985 classic The Breakfast Club, but, unbeknownst to them, they’ll soon become fast friends by the end of the day. With nothing to do but share each other’s company, this unlikely bunch soon realise they have more in common than their social status would suggest.
Getting into mischief, having a bonding session, and executing the most 80s dance sequence ever put to film, the self-titled Breakfast Club is definitely a group of friends we’d be happy to spend every Saturday morning with, and who we’ll certainly not be forgetting any time soon.
The Losers' Club
The summer holidays are the perfect opportunity to hang out with your BFFs. We all have fond memories of summers like these but one group of friends from the town of Derry, Maine had one summer they wouldn’t be forgetting any time soon.
The Losers' Club, as they fondly call themselves, is a group of friends who have each had troubled lives; Bill’s (Jaeden Lieberher) younger brother mysteriously disappeared, Beverly (Sophia Lillis) has an abusive father; and Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer) has an overprotective mother.
Moreover, they’re targeted by a group of malicious bullies, and let’s not forget about the omnipotent shapeshifting clown (played by Bill Skarsgard) with an insatiable appetite for terrified children who’s got the Losers on his menu.
Although we’d rather not have a supernatural clown after us, we still can’t help but want to join The Losers on their adventures. Nothing’s going to stop them from being kids and having fun. How many of us can honestly say that our friends would fight Pennywise?
In Stephen King's story, even after most of the Losers leave Derry they all return 30 years later to fight Pennywise again with a friendship as strong as it was when they were kids. This section of the narrative will be picked up in IT: Chapter II, due for release in 2019.
Harry Potter, Ron and Hermione
Movies: The Harry Potter series
Growing up, we all wished we’d receive that fateful letter through the post inviting us to Hogwarts. Being a magical school full of witches and wizards with adventures literally around every corner, Hogwarts was infinitely better than the schools we actually went to.
Despite this, however, the main reason we wanted to enrol there was in hopes of befriending Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermiorne (Emma Watson). Although there are hundreds of students at Hogwarts, it was always this wizarding trio who got all the good adventures.
For instance, while everyone spent The Deathly Hallows in a besieged Hogwarts, Harry, Ron, and Hermiorne embarked on the wizarding equivalent of a gap year in search of artefacts to end Voldemort’s reign of terror.
There’s no doubt that if we were to become the fourth member of this tightly knit friendship, we’d get a VIP pass to everything the wizarding world had to offer whilst also gaining three of the best friends anyone could ever want.
Woody, Buzz and friends
Movies: The Toy Story trilogy
When Pixar's Toy Story entered our lives in 1995, it answered the age-old question of what would happen if our toys really were alive. Consequently it made us wonder what our childhood toys were really up to behind closed doors.
If they were anything like Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen) and friends they needn’t pretend to be inanimate around us. Though we’d be happy enough spending our time with the original gang from the first film, the ensemble wasn’t fully complete until Toy Story 3, the (to date) final movie in the series that paired our heroes with Ken (Michael Keaton), Barbie and many more unforgettable characters.
You might be thinking it’s strange for us to want to hang out with a bunch of toys but 1) they’re toys who are alive, 2) they’ve been on bigger adventures than our friends could ever dream of, and 3) they’re incredibly loyal. The Toy Story gang always have a friend in us. The fourth movie is said to be arriving in 2019.
The Wolf Pack
Movies: The Hangover trilogy
Some friendships don’t last forever, but in the case of Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), and Doug (Justin Bartha), their wild college friendship survived long into their adult lives. So when Doug gets married, it’s only natural he’d invite Stu, Phil, and his brother-in-law to be Alan (Zach Galifianakis) to Las Vegas for the ultimate stag night.
The Wolf Pack, as they dub themselves, definitely had a night to remember – the only trouble is they can’t. Waking up to find a tiger in their bathroom and the groom nowhere to be found, it’s up to the remaining wolves to find their friend in time for his wedding.
Being a member of The Wolf Pack guarantees you’ll have a lot of fun and you’ll always have a story to tell to your other friends about your new wild adventures. Throw in a strong brotherly bond alongside your own theme song and you have a BFF group anyone would love to join.
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Andy Murray is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.