Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 2000. Hollywood Pictures, Seven Arts Pictures, Beacon Communications, Karaoke Productions. Screenplay by John Byrum. Cinematography by Paul Sarossy. Produced by John Byrum, Kevin Jones, Bruce Paltrow. Music by David Newman. Production Design by Sharon Seymour. Costume Design by Mary Claire Hannan. Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg.
Looking for a good musical? Bypass this one quickly, about a group of shallow characters who work their way towards a national karaoke contest. Scott Speedman plays the sleepy-eyed cutiepie (a role once marked for Brad Pitt years before he and co-star Gwyneth Paltrow broke up) who escorts Maria Bello (a well performed but poorly written characterization example of a loose woman), while Paul Giamatti is liberated from his conservative world thanks free-wheeling across the country with an ex-con (Andre Braugher). Paltrow is quite good as a simpleminded young woman trying to reconnect with the father she never had (Huey Lewis, the worst performance in the film). The songs are all beautifully performed (Paltrow can really sing), but there’s nothing you wouldn’t get from just listening to them on the film’s soundtrack.
Toronto International Film Festival: 2000