(out of 10) If I would have cringed one more time out of
embarrassment, I would have politely gotten up, told my in-laws
good-night and gone to bed.
Recommended for: karaoke aficionados, the deaf and dumb, and young
girls (who like anything).
Strengths: A couple of the songs performed were almost tolerable.
Weaknesses: Read below
Comments: Duets is part crap and part painfully embarrassing. A
horrible, horrible film. The plot goes nowhere. All of the characters
(and there are boatloads in this one friend) are completely obnoxious,
unbelievable and overacted. Speech impediment Lewis couldn't act (or
sing for that matter) to save his life. Paul Giamatti's singing and
corporate daddy gone crazy shenanigans made me noxious (4 points alone
on the cringe-o-meter). At first I wondered why someone of Gwyneth
Paltrow's caliber would have starred in such a wretched film as this,
and then I discovered it was her dear old dad, Bruce Paltrow, who
directed it. Amazingly enough, it is her character that is by far the
most obnoxious. She plays the role of a twenty-something year old
emotionally shell-shocked woman who tries her hardest to patch things
up with her estranged father Mr. Speech Impediment. But she comes off
as some overgrown, 12 year-old, pig-tailed, vacant floozy. I normally
wouldn't consider punching a woman, but in this case Paltrow's
waif-like character warrants a volley of rabbit punches to the bread
basket. If only I would have known, I would have gladly watched the
video game "The Mummy Returns" one more time before subjecting myself
to this dreadful piece of filmmaking.