Friday, May 4, 2012

Duets (2000)

Synopsis: It’s like a low-rent American Idol Goes On the Road...and the climax is a karaoke contest in Omaha, Nebraska.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “This Offbeat Road Trip Delivers Fun...And Profits! Sizzling Star Power!” [Full-length screener for video retailers]

What Did I Learn?: You can get a station wagon painted cotton-candy pink for just under $175, or a blowjob.

Really?: 1) Up until the final shootout with the cops(!) Duets is a light-hearted and fun little movie. Couldn’t the writers have thought of a less drastic/jarring means of arriving at a storyline resolution? 2) Is there any such thing is a karaoke hustler?

Rating: Duets is an entertaining, yet forgettable piece of fluff; it tells the story of six people who travel across the American West to various karaoke contests. The music isn’t bad (and Huey Lewis shows some surprising acting chops), and the film contains some funny moments, but the characters and dialogue often seem contrived and artificial, and I was expecting a bit more interaction between the three groupings of main characters. 6.5/10 stars.

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