Duets (2000)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 2000.  Hollywood Pictures, Seven Arts Pictures, Beacon Communications, Karaoke Productions.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Looking for a good musical? Bypass this one quickly, about a group of shallow characters who work their way towards a national karaoke contest.  plays the sleepy-eyed cutiepie (a role once marked for Brad Pitt years before he and co-star Gwyneth Paltrow broke up) who escorts  (a well performed but poorly written characterization example of a loose woman), while  is liberated from his conservative world thanks free-wheeling across the country with an ex-con (). Paltrow is quite good as a simpleminded young woman trying to reconnect with the father she never had (, 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

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