Rainy Day Romance: Hope Springs / Duets / Mad Love DVD
Rainy Day Romance: Hope Springs / Duets / Mad LoveDVD
A bar in Omaha, Nebraska, is the spot where participants congregate for a karaoke contest that promises $5000 to the winner, in "Duets" (2000). Among the singers are a hustler (Huey Lewis), his long-estranged daughter (Gwyneth Paltrow), a sexy drifter (Maria Bello), a salesman (Paul Giamatti) running from a boring life, and a fugitive (Andre Braugher). Scott Speedman also stars; directed by Bruce Paltrow, Gwyneth's father. And, in "Hope Springs" (2003), British illustrator Colin Ware (Colin Firth) heads to a small Vermont town after fiancée Vera (Minnie Driver) dumps him. While staying at a hotel, the matchmaking innkeeper (Mary Steenburgen) fixes him up with Mandy (Heather Graham), a free-spirited nurse. Romance ensues, but when Vera arrives, hoping to reconcile, Colin's life is thrown into a tizzy. Oliver Platt also stars; based on the novel "New Cardiff" by Charles Webb ("The Graduate"). Soundtrack: English.