Last Updated on: May 21st, 2024

Duets (Hollywood Pictures Movie)

“Duets” is a musical drama film released in 2000, directed by Bruce Paltrow. The movie stars Gwyneth Paltrow as Liv, Huey Lewis as Ricky Dean, Paul Giamatti as Todd Woods, and Andre Braugher as Reggie Kane.

The film weaves together the stories of various characters, all with different backgrounds and motivations, who find themselves drawn together by their shared passion for karaoke.

Liv is a young woman who dreams of becoming a professional singer and finds herself on a road trip with Ricky Dean, a karaoke hustler and a failed musician. Along the way, they meet Todd Woods, a businessman who secretly loves to sing, and Reggie Kane, a cab driver with a hidden talent for singing.

As the characters embark on a journey to compete in a national karaoke contest, they confront their personal struggles, ambitions, and the importance of connection and self-expression.

“Duets” is known for its heartwarming performances and the blend of drama and music. The film explores themes of redemption, self-discovery, and the power of music to bring people together.

The movie features a soundtrack of popular songs, and the cast delivers impressive musical performances throughout the film.

“Duets” received mixed reviews from critics, with praise for the music and performances but criticism for its uneven storytelling.

“Duets” serves as a touchstone for viewers seeking a character-driven musical drama that celebrates the joy and power of music as a means of emotional expression. It remains an enjoyable and uplifting film that showcases the transformative and unifying nature of music, making it a memorable and resonant cinematic experience.

Additional Details


  • Gwyneth Paltrow: Liv Dean
  • Huey Lewis: Ricky Dean
  • Maria Bello: Suzi Loomis
  • Andre Braugher: Reggie Kane
  • Paul Giamatti: Todd Woods
  • Scott Speedman: Billy Hannan
  • Lochlyn Munro: Ronny Jackson
  • John Pinette: Finals singer
  • Angie Dickinson: Blair
  • Maya Rudolph: Omaha Hostess
  • Keegan Connor Tracy: Shelia
  • Kiersten Warren: Candy Woods
  • Marian Seldes: Harriet Gahagan
  • Aaron Pearl: Buddy
  • Steve Oatway: Ralph Beckerman


  • Director: Bruce Paltrow
  • Producers: John Byrum, Kevin Jones and Bruce Paltrow
  • Screenplay: John Byrum

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