Duets

2000

Action / Comedy / Drama / Music / Romance

21
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 20%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 47%
IMDb Rating 6 10 8568

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Director

Cast

Maria Bello as Suzi Loomis
James Cameron as Karaoke singer
Paul Giamatti as Todd Woods
720p.BLU
810.97 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 52 min
P/S 2 / 10

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Joshua Parten 8 / 10

Makes you feel.

Good film similar in structure to Love Actually. It has the same main plot issues in that each subplot does not get fully fleshed out, however, that is easily made up in the range of stories and subsequently, then number of viewers that can relate. To be honest, I believe the writers did well enough that most folks can easily relate to more than one of the subplots.

There was some sub par acting, but those performances were carried by the expected excellence of Paul Giamatti and Andre Braugher. As fantastic as their performances were, they were not the sole reason it gets 8 out of 10.

This film will make you feel; So, by rule, it gets 8 out of 10 stars.

Reviewed by Allexander Lyons 3 / 10

Hits a few sour notes

Upon first glance people might be skeptical of a movie that centers around something generally seen as foolish, such as karaoke. However, I can concede that there are people out there like the ones in this movie who do take it seriously and compete in contests, because I have been one of those people. Having said that, "Duets" is a dull, surreal, aimless disaster for reasons that have little to do with karaoke.

The movie tries to do a connect-the-subplots approach with a menagerie of mismatched characters brought together by chance to a karaoke contest in Omaha and fails at every turn. The characters are thinly written, the pacing is glacial, the premise and character motivations are treated like an afterthought, and some of them commit acts that make it hard to sympathize with them. Having been on the karaoke circuit, I was also extremely disappointed at the lack of minorities in this picture, but then again, that's nothing new in Hollywood.

The plot, such as it is, involves six characters: Ricky(a rare appearance from Huey Lewis), a "karaoke hustler" (as a karaoke fan, even I didn't know this was a thing), Liv(Gwyneth Paltrow), his space cadet daughter, Reggie (Andre Braugher), a "noble criminal," who the movie expects you to feel sorry for despite the fact that he robs an old trucker at gunpoint in his first five minutes on screen, Todd (Paul Giamatti), a sad sack corporate shill who decides to leave his family and go on a crime spree across the country, Suzi (Maria Bello), a woman of shockingly loose morals who seems to have no clear motivation for anything she does, and a cab driver played by Scott Speedman, who is so boring that I can't remember his name and don't care to look it up. I'll admit I may have some of this wrong as I struggled to stay awake during parts.

Naturally these wildly varying plots give the movie an extremely uneven tone. One minute, you see Huey and Gwyneth trying to mend their fractured relationship, the next, Bello is offering to fellate an auto mechanic to detail her friend's car. Then we're taken to Braugher and Giamatti holding up a convenience store. This movie suffers from a severe identity crisis as it lurches toward a climax that is just utterly bonkers.

The actors, bless their hearts, give this movie a performance that is way better than it deserves. Huey Lewis does the best he can as does Maria Bello. Paul Giamatti and Andre Braugher give the best performances though it's not surprising given their storyline is the most interesting. I will say that with their fondness for waving guns around and causing destruction and mayhem everywhere they go, their scenes felt like they came from an entirely different movie. Weakest performances go to Paltrow, who plays her role like Marilyn Monroe imagined as a flower child, and Speedman, who was such a non-entity I frequently forgot he was still in the movie. It takes a special kind of dull performance to make you unsympathetic to a guy who gets two-timed by his girlfriend and his business partner but he manages. I also imagine the bad writing deserves partial credit for this.

You'll spend eighty minutes of a nearly two hour run time with these characters off in their own little worlds until they inexplicably converge at the big contest, which is where an already loopy film gets even crazier. First there's the Paltrow-Lewis duet, which would be pretty great if it weren't a father and daughter singing a love song to each other, then Giamatti must suddenly confront the wife he abandoned, then there's Braugher's final scene which has to be seen to be believed. While on stage he sees the cops coming to arrest him so he meanders through an acapella "Free Bird" before pointing a gun at them and getting shot and killed. It doesn't help that Braugher treats this scene so seriously that it just makes a ridiculous scene even more so. To top it off, we don't even learn who wins the karaoke contest and Giamatti somehow goes back to his boring life despite the fact that he would be wanted for armed robbery and destruction of property, and that he didn't seem to care how much he upset his wife.

Another positive outside of some solid performances is, of course, the singing. The singing is done well enough that I could believe that these people are contenders in a contest, even if they are a bit over-produced. The "Cruisin'" duet is the highlight of the movie despite its context, Huey Lewis hits a few solo home runs, though given his reputation as a karaoke hustler (sorry, still a ridiculous concept), it makes sense. And who knew Paul Giamatti could sing? There are still some low points, like Paltrow's lifeless rendition of "Bette Davis Eyes."

The final major criticism I have of this film is that it is rated R despite having no reason to be. It features violence, coarse language, sex scenes just to have them apparently. You could cut all this out and get a PG-13 rating and lose absolutely nothing. It's a movie about people singing in bars, it's not like it's "Rambo" or "Basic Instinct."

You might think after all the ways I have slammed this film I wouldn't recommend it but the strange thing is, I can. It's one of those movies that's so bizarre you have to see it, mainly because it's an incredibly stupid movie that thinks it's serious and deep. It's almost a shame they wasted such sincerity and conviction on such an absurd film, but it sure is fun to watch.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 6 / 10

disparate nice characters

Ricky Dean (Huey Lewis) hustles karaoke like a pool shark. He reconnects with his estranged daughter Liv (Gwyneth Paltrow) and go on the road together. Todd Woods (Paul Giamatti) is a struggling traveling businessman and family man. He picks up hitchhiking escaped convict Reggie Kane (Andre Braugher). Billy (Scott Speedman) is a heartbroken cabbie who picks up Suzi Loomis (Maria Bello). The three duos are headed for a national karaoke competition in Omaha.

It's a bunch of people in this small world of competitive karaoke. The good is that it treats this world sincerely. The characters are rather scattered and doesn't necessarily add up to an exciting story. Ricky and Liv have a nice father and daughter story. Woods and Kane are going crazy. It does have some good singing from surprising sources especially Paltrow and Braugher. This movie is very much like karaoke. You get surprised at how good some of the singing turns out to be but the intangible substance is not always there.

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