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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.
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.
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
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.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
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.
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.