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Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 50 (July 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Maria Bello, Andre Braugher, Paul Giamatti, Huey Lewis, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scott Speedman, Marian Seldes, Kiersten Warren, Angie Phillips & Angie Dickenson

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes forced ads, audio commentary with director Bruce Paltrow and producer Kevin Jones, three additional/extended scenes, a multi-angle music video, sound bites with Bruce Paltrow, and the theatrical trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Hollywood Pictures Home Video
(Catalog Number): 21650
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for language and some sexuality.
(Retail Price): $32.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 112
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2000
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/08/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Bruce Paltrow
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
This slightly off-key comedy brings together a fine ensemble cast to harmonize the lives of six complete strangers who all turn up at a Omaha, Nebraska Karaoke championship. As they all vie for the $5,000 prize, they learn a little about eachother and a lot about themselves.

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture should surely please, with images that are sharp and nicely detailed. Colors are well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and generally deep blacks. At times, the darkest scenes seem slightly wanting in definition. Still, viewed in a completely blackened room, the picture should be quite natural. Edge enhancement is bothersome at times, though many scenes can be free from its distraction. (Suzanne Hodges)

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