Total Film - 12/01/2000
"...Gwyneth makes sure we come away humming...[She] can carry a tune with the best..."
Sight and Sound - 12/01/2000
"...Paltrow senior succeeds in extracting solid performances (and decent singing) from an interesting cast..."
Starring Gwyneth Paltrow and directed by her father, Bruce Paltrow (A LITTLE SEX), DUETS dives headfirst into the bizarre musical world of karaoke. Six amateur singers gather for the Grand Prize Karaoke Contest in Omaha, Nebraska, each performing for their own personal reasons and displaying his or her own unique and special talents. Among the motley crew are a karaoke hustler (Huey Lewis) and his estranged showgirl daughter (Paltrow), a miserable white-collar executive (Paul Giamatti from SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and PRIVATE PARTS), and a sweet-voiced ex-con (Andrew Braugher)--all who stand a chance at the $5,000 prize. Paltrow showcases her surprisingly strong singing voice in a duet with Huey Lewis, as well as in a smashing rendition of Paula Abdul's "Forever Your Girl."
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
Academy Award(R)-winner Gwyneth Paltrow (Best Actress, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY) and Scott Speedman (TV's FELICITY) are part of the stellar ensemble cast in a hilariously offbeat comedy! The lives of six stranges become outrageously intertwined when a riotous road trip culminates at the site of the national Karaoke championships. As they compete for the $5,000 grand prize, this unlikely group will eventually learn all about each other ... while discovering answers to the questions about themselves! Also featuring great performances from Maria Bello (COYOTE UGLY), Andre Braugher (FREQUENCY), Paul Giamatti (BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE), and Huey Lewis (SHADOW OF DOUBT) -- you'll agree with audiences everywhere who fell in love with this uncommonly entertaining comedy!