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Bruce Paltrow

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 90
  • Fresh: 18
  • Rotten: 72
  • Average Rating: 4.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Every so often a movie comes along that's bad in such original and unexpected ways that it inspires an almost admiring fascination. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: In addition to its other shortcomings, Duets is awfully slow in getting going. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Marquee value of an Academy Award-winning star lifted it up to the big screen -- a step higher than it should have gone. – Paul Clinton (,, Mar 15, 2001

Rotten: There are too many characters, subplots and themes going on at the same time, so it's hard to connect with any of them. – Christy Lemire, Associated Press, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Wondeful movie

The best sing-along after The Commitments. Interesting characters, excellent choice of music, and Huey Lewis has only gotten sexier with age. And who would have thought Paul Giamatti can sing?! :)

Safe Bet

In all honesty, I purchased this movie for my wife and did not expect much from it. Boy was I wrong - this was a fun movie to watch and listen to. Paul Giamatti and Andre Brauer were fantastic in this - in fact all the performances were right on...

Great Vocals Good Story

I thought the vocals by Paltrow were excellent. Andre has an awesome voice and does a show stealing job. Huey was tremendous as the father. Recommend this movie to all.

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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2001

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