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Duets (2000)



Critic Consensus: Duets suffers from sloppy direction and stretches credibility. Also, the characters are uninteresting and it's hard to care about what happens to them.

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Director Bruce Paltrow teams with his Oscar-winning daughter Gwyneth Paltrow for this road comedy with music. Paltrow plays Liv, a struggling professional singer whose meets her father, Ricky Dean (Huey Lewis), for the first time at the funeral of her mother. As it turns out, both Liv and Ricky supplement the income from few-and-far-between gigs by singing in karaoke contests, and soon father and daughter are competing on the same circuit. Meanwhile, Todd Woods (Paul Giamatti), a salesman who has grown disenchanted with his job, his family, and his life, picks up a hitch-hiker named Reggie Kane (Andre Braugher), and during a stop at a tavern, they discover they make a good duet team while belting out a version of "Try A Little Tenderness." And waitress Suzi Loomis (Maria Bello) sweet talks Billy (Scott Speedman), a cabbie, into driving her to Omaha, where the national karaoke finals will determine who does the best job of singing along with the records, as the lives of these six characters begin to intersect. Duets also features Angie Dickinson as Blair, Liv's grandmother who was once a showgirl in Frank Sinatra's Las Vegas floorshow; Brad Pitt was originally cast in Speedman's role but withdrew after he and Paltrow announced the end of their off-camera relationship.

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Andre Braugher
as Reggie Kane
Paul Giamatti
as Todd Woods
Maria Bello
as Suzi Loomis
Huey Lewis
as Ricky Dean
Scott Speedman
as Billy Hannon
Marian Seldes
as Harriet Gahagan
Kiersten Warren
as Candy Woods
Lochlyn Munro
as Ronny Jackson
Carol Alexander
as Beth the Hostess
Michael Rogers
as Tulsa Bartender
Ian Robison
as Sales Guy
Roger Haskett
as Sales Guy
John Payne
as Sales Guy
Tom Bougers
as Desk Sergeant
Steve Oatway
as Ralph Beckerman
Laura Murdoch
as Dead Showgirl
Roman Danylo
as Albuquerque Desk Clerk
Ron Small
as Old Homeless Man
Tony Maar
as Japanese Business Man
Brian Jensen
as Cincinnati Bartender
Tom Heaton
as Charlie
Andrew Johnston
as Shop Manager
Wyley Vlahovic
as Desert Joint Man
Beverley Elliott
as Desert Joint Woman
Diane Brown
as Desert Joint Hostess
Warren Takeuchi
as Texas Trooper No. 1
Candus Churchill
as Karaoke Woman
Brent Butt
as Kansas Motel Clerk
David Neale
as Desk Manager
Mike Mitchell
as K.C. Gas Station Attendant
Iris Quinn
as K.C. Hostess
Brenda Crichlow
as Omaha Clerk
Maya Rudolph
as Omaha Karaoke Hostess
Marlaina Andre
as Finale Singer
Michael Bublé
as Finale Singer
'Karaoke Karl' Detken
as Finale Singer
Dan Joffre
as Finale Singer
Nicole Parker-Smith
as Finale Singer
Erin Wright
as Finale Singer
Anita Dutton
as Tonia Kasper
Larry Dutton
as Hobie Kasper
Gary Hetherington
as Omaha Police Captain
Susan Campbell
as Airline Representative
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Critic Reviews for Duets

All Critics (92) | Top Critics (31)

In addition to its other shortcomings, Duets is awfully slow in getting going.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/5

The press notes say the director spent five years developing Duets. He should have developed it more.

January 1, 2000

The talented cast doesn't stand much of a chance in this rambling, pointless narrative, reeling off such howlers as: 'I've waited all my life to spend time with you.'

January 1, 2000

Duets will be most appreciated by music buffs. The actual karaoke scenes attain the bounce that's missing from the rest of the film.

January 1, 2000

A conceptual train wreck.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

To their credit, [Byrum and Paltrow] attempted to make a movie of ideas. Alas, many of the ideas are bad. Not to mention bigoted.

January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Duets

Underrated. Just a nice little film, which still holds up today.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

It's not great but it's very enjoyable.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer


Not too shabby...

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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