We millennials are terrible. We find cereal way too much work to eat, and would rather buy avocado toast and overpriced coffee than save for a piece of property.

But for all the talk about how millennials seem like a pain, employers do want to unlock the secrets to understanding us so they can better attract, hire and retain today’s workforce, and advertisers want to know our habits. Then, we at The Popping Post discovered that Pitch Perfect 3 is the perfect tutorial for learning all about millennials. I mean, just look at this synopsis.

After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

The Bellas “discover there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth”? Seriously – did it not occur to them that their high school talents wouldn’t translate into super stardom once they graduated?

Typical millennials. Where’s their common sense?

If you think about it, the clues to their millennialism have been there all along, in previous movies. It’s just that we didn’t notice them. Here’s our guide to navigating the whims of the Millennial Generation, courtesy of the Pitch Perfect film series.

1. Millennials can multitask 

Just look at this clip of Beca (Anna Kendrick) from the first movie.

She attends an audition without even preparing for it, and was told to “sing whatever [she] wants”. But look at what she managed to do with a plastic cup, her hands and her voice in less than a minute! We can juggle many responsibilities at the same time, no problem.

That said, the LinkedIn blog tells us that this also means that millennials are much more easily distracted, tempted to cyberloaf, and twiddle with our phones. Set us daily and weekly goals and give us variety so we won’t get bored. I mean, if we’re going to get distracted anyway, why not distract us from an assignment by giving us another assignment?


2. Millennials love to collaborate

Despite Beca’s resting bitch face, she quickly becomes part of her a cappella group and convinces her new friends to make big changes to their routine. They accept her suggestions and become a hit success with their tight team work.

If you give your millennial worker lots of opportunities for team projects and are open to idea sharing, you can be sure that he or she will thrive in such a collaborative environment

Best of all, they will be able to work anywhere as long as inspiration strikes – like the shower.


3. Millennials are pretty hardy when it comes to public failures

Although we’ve been dubbed the strawberry generation (nice to look at but easily bruised), this is actually a misnomer. We’re much hardier and tougher than you think, as Rebel Wilson’s Fat Amy demonstrates.

While performing in front of the President of the United States, Fat Amy has a wardrobe malfunction.

And instead of whining and crying and scrambling (the reaction that most people would have), she takes the humiliation right on the chin and owns it. She doesn’t break down in front of the audience – she rolls with it and goes with the flow, since there’s very little she can do when suspended mid-air in a silk cloth.

Now that’s toughness in the face of public failures. Millennials are much tougher than you think, and are far more adept at dealing with public failures. Maybe SMRT should hire one to do the press conference for their next breakdown (which should be happening in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…)


4. Millennials appreciate transparency

Emily Junk (Hailee Steinfield), like Beca, goes for an audition with a song that “she’s not quite finished with”. (Sigh, yes, we hear you, millennials can be a self-entitled, narcissistic bunch. Who shows up at an audition unprepared?)

The Bellas openly review her performance right in front of her, and thank goodness she doesn’t mind. Millennials appreciate openness and honesty in their work relationships, and want to go into a position where they know that their feedback will also be valued. It doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad feedback – millennials want to hear and be heard, and you have to show them that.


Pitch Perfect 3. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Pitch Perfect 3. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

But in Pitch Perfect 3, the Bellas’ negative millennial traits and disregard for tradition may just be why they are jobless after graduation. However, the girls have one last chance to shine (and also to get proper jobs as singers). Will they make it? Or will Pitch Perfect 3 be their final appearance in a movie, ever?

You’ll have to catch this musical comedy to find out.


Credits: Golden Village Cinemas, Giphy, United International Pictures