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First off, I would like to state, here and now for the record, that it’s “kara-okay,” not “karri-okie.” OK?

Having gotten that off my chest, I can comfortably write about “Duets,” the movie under review, which is all about the kind of people who grab a microphone and never let go (and refer to the process as karri-okie). Directed by Bruce Paltrow (Gwyneth’s dad), and starring his daughter, “Duets” brings to the screen the healing powers of singing one’s heart out for three minutes in front of an audience chugging beer, in places like Omaha or Oklahoma City. Karaoke was the tacky word for tacky just 10 years ago and now look at its global solace and entertainment value, hah!

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