Theatrical Release: September 15, 2000


“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.

Dove Review

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.

Content Description

GD 6, Christ 3, F-word 4, S-word 9, SOB 1, Bitch 1, expletives 2, a few crude sexual comments – Sex: two sexual situations with partial female nudity; a promiscuous woman dresses after getting out of bed with a man she has just had sex with; a live-in girlfriend cheats on her man; three sexual conversations; a woman exchanges sex for favors such as a ride across country, a hotel room, etc. – Drinking: drinking takes place in the bars where the musical numbers are performed – Drugs: a man is given pills to relax so he can perform karaoke for the first time – Violence: one of the lead characters robs a man at gunpoint; shots are fired by a man unhinged by pressures; a convenience store robbery ends with a killing off camera; a man is shot and killed on camera


Company: Hollywood Pictures
Writer: John Byrum
Director: Bruce Paltrow
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 113 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright