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Awesome: 11.32%
Worth A Look: 26.42%
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Sucks: 11.32%

5 reviews, 23 user ratings

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by Clint Morris

"Odd, yet amusing tale of Karaoke singers."
3 stars

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 case

At most, their characters are supporting
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

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User Comments

10/04/15 Jeff WIlder Gaimmatti and Braugher are good. But one-dimensional characters and story still-born. 2 stars
6/19/05 Emmelin Fall in love with Gwyneth in this fantastic film 5 stars
4/19/05 Bonnie James It is a great movie. Who knew there was a karaoke sub-culture... 4 stars
10/24/04 Nick Oh, come on. Give this movie some credit. It's redeeming value is its music, esp. Freebird. 3 stars
7/29/03 cohese I hate Gwyneth Paltrow, and yes this film was crappy. 2 stars
5/23/03 zeitgeist Surely this has to be one of the Seven Seals of the Apocalypse 1 stars
1/13/03 Allen Huey is still cool! 3 stars
1/25/02 Helen The only thing that is worth to see is Scott Speedman, because his very very hot 2 stars
11/28/01 puckfreak Unexpectedly good, Paul Giamatti is hiarious. 4 stars
11/13/01 Cristina Oliveira Absolutely marvelous 5 stars
11/12/01 Bada Bing Crosby A minute or two were fun. Movie is mostly too preachy, predictable 3 stars
11/11/01 Jon C. Ericson Baby let's cruise, away from this movie !!!!! 3 stars
9/10/01 Jake What an annoying piece of drivel. 1 stars
8/06/01 Maeve-Catherine A feel good film, with amazing songs and amazing singers! 5 stars
4/27/01 Courtnie *I love this movie!* Its totally the best!~* It rocked! 5 stars
2/17/01 me uh well i haven't seen it yet but today i went and saw billy elliot? that was a good movie 5 stars
2/11/01 Richard Wright Gwyneth can sing,and even act(a bit)but her father's pet project was not worth the effort. 2 stars
9/29/00 Zeitgeist worst movie i have ever seen, and i've seen many. seriously. this is terrible. stay away 1 stars
9/22/00 mara z. Absolutely horrible.Worst I've ever seen.Terrible acting.Wasted ~2hrs of my life. 1 stars
9/18/00 Solodo Wow. Biggest surprise of the year. It's fantastic, moving, and Andre & Paul are incredible 5 stars
9/18/00 Poetcdh Better than sitting at home reading a book 3 stars
9/17/00 Paul Directed by Bruce Paltrow - No doubt daddy helped his no talent hack daughter. ACTINGSUCKS 1 stars
9/10/00 Boy In The Designer Bubble I'd rather take a hot pocker up the ass, than watch a Paltrow film! 1 stars
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  15-Sep-2000 (R)


  08-Feb-2001 (M)

Directed by
  Bruce Paltrow

Written by
  John Byrum

  Gwyneth Paltrow
  Paul Giamatti
  André Braugher
  Maria Bello
  Lochlyn Munro
  Huey Lewis

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