“Duets” is a road-trip comedy about six strangers from all walks of life who have one thing in common – a passion for karaoke. The cast of characters consists of a small-town singer (Maria Bello) a promiscuous woman who trades sex for favors, a down-on-his-luck young cab driver (Scott Speedman) searching for the meaning of life, an ex-con (Andre Braugher) with the past of a killer but the voice of an angel, a salesman (Paul Giamatti) having a nervous breakdown, and an innocent Vegas showgirl (Gwyneth Paltrow) who discovers a remarkable connection to a seasoned karaoke hustler (Huey Lewis). As they converge on the $5,000 Grand Prize Karaoke Contest in Omaha, Nebraska, they collide with each other in the raucous world of karaoke bars that link the interstates of Middle America.
There are some very funny moments and delightful performances as we travel with these unusual people who use karaoke to exercise their frustrations. But the film also consists of a murderous crime that one might say goes unpunished; several sexual situations and several objectionable words, including nine profane uses of God’s name.