Favorite Karaoke Moments in Film and Television

Film and television scriptwriters add karaoke scenes to have characters twist or turn the plot, show a character’s emotion or just for pure comedic value. Whether they are on or off key, here are a few of our favorite film and tv karaoke moments, delivered by some fine actors.

My Best Friend’s Wedding – Cameron Diaz

We are sure Cameron Diaz can sing better than her character Kimberly does in My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997). Set up by rival ex-girlfriend (Julianne, played by Julia Roberts) to sing karaoke, she sings I Just Don’t Know What To Do WIth Myself, about as off key and mono-tonally as anyone could, but with total love for her fiance, The crowd cheers her on as she struggles through it. As far as bad karaoke acting performances go, this one is great. As far as the script is concerned, what Julianne had hoped for didn’t work out, the bad singing performance brought the couple closer together.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xPGU7VqtME[/youtube]

Lost in Translation – Bill Murray

Bill Murray can act and can sing. In Lost in Translation (2003) he plays Bob, an aging actor, in Tokyo filming a tv commercial for whiskey.  He meets Charlotte (played by Scarlette Johansson), a recent newlywed whose been left on her own in a hotel in Tokyo by her celebrity photographer husband.  Bob and Charlotte meet in the hotel bar and spend the next few days experiencing Tokyo together, including a night at a karaoke box. Chrissy sings The Pretenders’ Brass in Pocket, to Bob, telling him that she’s “special, so special”.  Bob, sings Roxy Music’s More than This to her, somewhat lovingly, although there’s a touch of loss and regret in his voice. This is the scene where they become more than friends, albeit only in song.

Rush Hour 2 – Chris Tucker

Rush Hour 2 (2001) reconnects Jackie Chan as Chief Inspector Lee and Chris Tucker as Detective James Carter, in Hong Kong finding themselves not only tangled up in a money laundering mess, but in the middle of a karaoke bar where Carter can’t stand to listen to a Chinese man perform Michael Jackson’s Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough, and takes the microphone from him, to give a much better performance.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzdVYlXzMX4[/youtube]

The Cable Guy – Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey, as the obnoxious, lonely and mental cable guy, in The Cable Guy (1996), delivers a confident, way over-the-top pyscho-delicate performance of Jefferson Airplane’s Somebody to Love.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dD4astUwRk4[/youtube]

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer – Jennifer Love Hewitt

A really bad sequel to a really bad movie, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) has Jennifer Love Hewitt;s character, Julie, singing Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive, until she stops as the karaoke lyrics on the screen go wrong and read I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (gasp).. it was supposed to be scary, but taken out of context, it’s kind of funny, although the scriptwriters surely wrote it to move the plot forward.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVdieFj1EvE[/youtube]

When Harry Met Sally – Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan

Of course this is not the scene When Harry met Sally (1989)  is famous for, but it does show good chemistry between Harry and Sally, when out looking for a gift,  they find a “singing machine” and start to sing Surrey with the Fringe on Top, from the Musical Oklahoma.  Timed perfectly with the lyric “and their eyes will pop”, Harry’s eyes pop to see his ex-girlfriend approaching him with her new boyfriend in hand, the first time in the film that Sally (as well as the audience) gets to see Harry’s ex-girlfriend who has caused him so much grief.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJXvdKSczkY[/youtube]

Duets – Gwneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis

Marketed with the tag line “Six lost souls in search of a little harmony”, Duets (2000) is a film about karaoke singers and the competitions they perform at, so it would be hard not to find a good karaoke performance or two in this one. Huey Lewis, plays a character by the name of Ricky Dean, who tours the karaoke circuit of competitions.  His daughter, Liv (Gwyneth Paltrow) joins him and a cast of other lonely soles, to sing their hearts out on the way to the finale in Omaha.

Lewis, Paltrow, Giamatti and Bello all sang their own songs in the film.  Lewis and Paltrow sing a duet to Smokey Robinson’s Cruisin. Although an odd song choice for a father and daughter to sing, they sing it well.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIdDQnIxnFM[/youtube]

Duets – Paul Giamatti

Paul Giamatti, playing a lonely salesman, shyly starts to sing Lou Reed’s Hello It’s Me, with a shaky voice, but as the crowd encourages him, he finds his confidence and adds a better groove to his performance.  Giamatti follows with a version of Otis Redding’s Try A Little Tenderness (with Arnold McCuller)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i3AAf_kShQ[/youtube]

Veronica Mars – Kristen Bell

In the first season of Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell), Veronica becomes a teenage detective to find out who killed her best friend. Although she needs a bit of coaxing to sing, her performance of Blondie’s One Way or Another (I’m gonna get you”) is in character and she sings it well.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMaO3c6ZHes[/youtube]

Desperate Housewives – Terry Hatcher

Many of the television shows that have karaoke nights use piano players rather than re-recorded music tracks on CDs.  In this episode of Desperate Housewives, Susan Mayer (Terry Hatcher) is out with her ex-husband Carl and neighbours Edie and Mike. Just before going on stage to sing, Susan finds out that her ex had groped Edie at a neighbourhood Christmas party.  Her performance, of New York, New York, includes angry bits aimed at Carl, and she captures and holds the audience’s attention.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlliBMON7kY[/youtube]

F R I E N D S – Courtney Cox Arquette

In this episode of Friends, “the one where Monica sings”, Phoebe promises Monica (Courteney Cox Arquette) that she won’t have to sing, but ultimately convinces her to and the crowd enthusiastically reacts to her version of Helen Reddy’s Delta Dawn, and to her see-through blouse.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBbmXWExxw0[/youtube]

Bones – Emily Deschanel

In this episode of Bones, Bones (Emily Deschanel) is encouraged by Booth and other cast members to sing on stage. Accepting the challenge Bones, gets up to sing Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. Singing karaoke is no longer a safe activity, as art imitates life in this show, Booth jumps in the path of a bullet shot by another singer.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vKM-zRcV4I[/youtube]

General Hospital – Jason Thompson and Kimberly McCullough

A recent episode of the long-running soap opera, General Hospital, Drs Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) and Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough) performed karaoke at Jake’s Bar. As a couple who have recently overcome marital issues, their performance shows they’re still in love, they’ve got all the moves and have fun singing I’ve Had The Time Of My Life.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUjzOxZpwII[/youtube]


15 Comments

Posted by Jordan 21. July 2009 at 12:22 pm :

Another great one from the final season of Gilmore Girls. Lorelai singing “I Will Always Love You”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZDw4xJhpnM

Posted by Jess 21. July 2009 at 12:38 pm :

Love the Desperate Housewive and the Friends one.

Posted by Jess 21. July 2009 at 12:41 pm :

Just checked out the Gilmore Girls one and it’s a really good one as well !
Now I really want to go sing my heart out in a karaoke bar ! wouhooo!

Posted by jo 21. July 2009 at 5:53 pm :

Patrick and Robin’s Karaoke song on GH rocked!!!!!!!! I’ve watched it a hundred times Jason thompson and Kimberly Mccullough did a great job.

Posted by Chris 21. July 2009 at 8:39 pm :

Kimberly McCullough and Jason Thompson as Robin and Patrick on General Hospital were amazing in the karaoke scenes.

I have watched more time than I care to admit LOL but I cannot help myself, These karake scenes make me smile and feel good and keep me tuning into GH for more from this couple.They are such a realistic couple and amazing talents. I knew Kimberly McCullough could dance but her voice is beautiful add to that Jason Thompson and they are magical even doing karaoke. Best Karaoke scene ever for me

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Posted by Marg 22. July 2009 at 9:37 am :

Jason Thompson & Kimberly McCullough did an amazing job in their karaoke scenes. They are great together. I knew JT could sing, but really loved that sexy growl of his. I have watched this scene over and over again. Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Gen L 22. July 2009 at 9:59 am :

Jason Thompson sings really well, and put on a great performance as a whole ! I am impressed ! and I love the scene in My best friend’s wedding

Posted by Keef 22. July 2009 at 11:54 am :

Patrick and Robin’s Karaoke song on GH was the best! I keep watching it over and over again with a big smile on my face. Jason Thompson and Kimberly McCullough totally rocked it and their chemistry was way off the charts! Awesome performance!

Posted by Scrubsfan23 24. July 2009 at 3:16 am :

Jason Thompson & Kimberly McCullough (Patrick & Robin in GH) did one heck of a job!!! The singing & dance moves were absolutely AWESOME!!!! “I’ve had the Time of my Life” watching this performance!!!! GH needs to lighten up on the violence & continue to have more funtimes with the characters interacting!!!!!

Posted by Robor 28. July 2009 at 7:58 am :

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Posted by Stacey 31. August 2009 at 5:57 pm :

Duets, Living out loud are great picks to be added for karaoke moments

Posted by Robor 21. September 2009 at 12:09 am :

Greatings, Ugh, I liked! So clear and positively.
Thanks

Posted by Pat 29. September 2009 at 10:52 pm :

another great karaoke episode on General Hospital today … oh Molly and Morgan so cute singing ABC, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNAjYacisZM
and Mac and Patrick, followed by Coleman and their 2 versions of Macho Man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l523X9yiF_g

Posted by Eileen 11. November 2010 at 1:23 pm :

LOVE ROBIN & PATRICK! KIMSON ‘R’ AWESOME! 2 BAD guza/tiic ****ED ‘EM UP!

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