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At Theaters: 9/15/2000 On Video: 5/8/2001
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 53 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 169912
Studio: Hollywood Pictures Inc.
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Six strangers from all walks of life have one thing in common—a passion for karaoke. As they converge on the $5,000 Grand Prize Karaoke Contest in Omaha, Nebraska, they collide and combust and ultimately enrich each other, in the funny, raucous world of the karaoke bars and chain hotels that link the interstates of Middle America.
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Comedy Drama - Duets is a road comedy about several characters converging on a karaoke contest. Viewers who enjoy late 1970s and early 1980s music may be entertained by the parade of songs used by the karaoke singers; some may be amused by some of the characters. Many viewers may find the characters and relationships far too shallow for a character-based film, and others could be put off by the unexpected bursts of violence in the film. A generally unpleasant and inept experience, except for the music.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Maria Bello PAYBACK, PERMANENT MIDNIGHT
Andre Braugher CITY OF ANGELS, GET ON THE BUS
Paul Giamatti MAN ON THE MOON
Huey Lewis SHORT CUTS, BACK TO THE FUTURE
Gwyneth Paltrow THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Scott Speedman TV's Felicity
Director: Bruce Paltrow TV's St. Elsewhere, The White Shadow
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About The Production
The Locations
Behind The Music
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Strong and moderately frequent
SEX/NUDITY: Brief nudity, some explicit sexuality
VIOLENCE: Shootouts, a bar fight
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Scenes of amphetamine use, drinking while driving
ACTION: Shootout scenes, dangerous driving
COMEDY: Broad character comedy
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Poor
The karaoke-themed road dramedy Duets leaps from one implausible scenario to scenarios even less plausible, focusing on six shallow characters and their thoroughly undeveloped relationships. It's one of those "When Bad Movies Happen to Good Actors" experiences that makes you wonder whether anyone involved actually read the script before committing, leaving Paul Giamatti, Andre Braugher and Gwyneth Paltrow stranded in ridiculous situations. From the inept direction to the weak script, Duets is flat and tuneless throughout.
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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 121 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
7
Fairly Low
86%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
11
Fairly Low
73%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
23
Fairly High
74%
30+Adults (M)
24
Fairly High
75%
30+Adults (F)
56
Fairly High
82%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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Moviegoer Opinions:

Hey folks, this one's totally a crap shoot as to who will enjoy it. It seems most people either liked the movie or they hated it. I'd go out on a limb and say, if you've seen all the other better movies, Duets is probably worth a rental. Who knows, you may be one of those who will enjoy this movie.

CAUTION: There's some pretty strong content in DUETS. Parents should read the detailed content.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
A road-trip about six strangers from all walks of life who have one thing in common—a passion for karaoke. They are: a small-town singer (Maria Bello with dreams of stardom, a down-on-his-luck young cab driver (Scott Speedman searching for the meaning of life, an ex-con Andre Braugher) with the past of a killer but the voice of an angel, a salesman (Paul Giamatti burned out by his hamster-like existence on the treadmill of suburbia, and an innocent Vegas showgirl (Gwyneth Paltrow who discovers a remarkable connection to a seasoned karaoke hustler Huey Lewis). As they converge on the $5,000 Grand Prize Karaoke Contest in Omaha, Nebraska, they collide and combust and ultimately enrich each other, in the funny, raucous world of the karaoke bars and chain hotels that link the interstates of Middle America.
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