If you’ve seen either of the Pitch Perfect films, you’ll know what a riff-off is. If you haven’t, the premise in the movies is that rival a capella groups compete informally to come up with the best off-the-cuff covers, based on a chosen theme. Usually with eight-part harmony.
Confused? Don’t worry. Anna Kendrick challenged James Corden to a Pitch Perfect-style riff-off on The Late Late Show With James Corden – with backing vocals by a cappella group The Filharmonic – and the results are amazing.
Pitch Perfect 2 opened in cinemas this weekend and has broken the record for the highest-opening musical ever, raking in $70.3m (£44.8m) at the US box office, compared to Mad Max: Fury Road, starring ELLE cover star Charlize Theron, which only took $44.4m (£28.3m). Considering the respective differences in budget (Pitch Perfect 2 cost just $29m to produce, compared to Mad Max: Fury Road’s $150m production budget), it’s great news for the Barden Bellas.
Watch Anna Kendrick and James Corden’s riff-off below.
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