Worth A Look: 26.42%
Just Average: 32.08%
Pretty Crappy: 18.87%
5 reviews, 23 user ratings
by Clint Morris
This one had been on the planning board for some time. Originally it was
planned as a venture for then lovers, Gweynth Paltrow and Brad Pitt to
work on, but after they split, Bruce Paltrow, Gweynth’s dad and the
film’s director, agreed to let Pitt out of his commitment to the film.
First of all though, I assumed this was a showcase for Gweynth with
Speedman (who I assume replaced Pitt) possibly playing leading man,
but it’s hardly the caseAt most, their characters are supporting
"Odd, yet amusing tale of Karaoke singers."
characters or merely a couple of the characters in the ensemble.
The characters are quite a mixed bag, but all share one thing in
common, or about too, they all sing karaoke.
There's a seasoned hustler (Huey Lewis) who likes to sweep the
floor with his Karaoke faves. Entering his life is the daughter
he never knew he had (Paltrow) who also has a shine for karaoke.
A burnt out businessman (Giamatti) hits the open road and
leaves his unappreciative family, and discovers karaoke and
a new singing partner in the form of a criminal on the run
Speedman is a so called 'underacheiver' driving taxi's who
hits the open road with a real loose cannon (Bello) who he
discovers has a real talent.
Eventually of course all these folks come face to face in
the karaoke championship of all championships where the
winner will take home $5000.
The characters and those playing them do wonders for this
film, which otherwise may be labelled as a little offbeat.
80's singing icon, Huey Lewis, proves he still has that
voice, whilst also doing some fancy acting. His duet with
on-screen daughter, Paltrow, is a highlight. Actually, even
in her small role, Paltrow shines. She has a voice too.
Maria Bello, last seen in "Coyote Ugly", is a knockout
performer too, on and off mike, whilst her off-sider Scott
Speedman does fine in a small role (nup, no singing from him).
The real standout is Paul Giamatti, he has some of the
film's freshest and funniest moments as the businessman
who has totally lost it. Look out for his constant requests
at hotels to use his frequent flyer points. Giamatti does
wonders for the film, he deserves more credit. He was also
very good in "Man on the Moon" opposite Jim Carrey.
"Duets" is not a knockout, but it's nice enough, simple
enough and very entertaining.Cruising is made for love, music is played for love, I love it when were cruising together
link directly to this review at https://www.hollywoodbitchslap.com/review.php?movie=4433&reviewer=238
originally posted: 12/13/00 01:38:15