I like movies with heart. “Duets” is a movie with a big heart that nobody went to see. Well, almost nobody. Despite an intelligent, one-of-a-kind script and a star-studded cast, “Duets” tallied a mere six million dollars at the box office. In terms of Hollywood studio economics this paltry sum is tantamount to a financial implosion.
Obviously, a great deal of blood sweat and tears, not to mention money, goes into making a “major motion picture.” There is no doubt that a lot of movies fall far short of the artistic vision that breathed life into them. But there are a lot of movies that deserve more credit than critics are willing to give them.
If there is a hall of fame for under-appreciated or misunderstood movies, then “The Family Man” belongs in it.