The Ultimate Guide to Karaoke in Films

The Ultimate Guide to Karaoke in Films

Many films have incorporated karaoke scenes into the script of the movie. This music entertainment activity addition was a great idea, as viewers can relate to their own karaoke experiences. There are many movies that have great karaoke scenes, such as:

In the karaoke scene in this movie, Chip Douglas (Jim Carrey), literally throws his entire body onto the floor while singing his heart out in an attempt to impress character Steven (Matthew Broderick). Jim’s performance of “Somebody To Love” was so good, it became a part of the movie’s soundtrack.

A comical scene when Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan), spot a “singing machine” while out shopping for a wedding gift and sing their rendition of Oklahoma’s “The Surrey With the Fringe on Top”.

A great karaoke scene where Kimmie (Cameron Diaz) is tricked by Julianne (Julia Roberts) into singing karaoke in front of a crowd knowing full well how Kimmie was terrified of singing in front of a crowd. When Kimmie sang “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself”, she wooed the crowd and it backfired on Julianne.

In this movie, the karaoke performer Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) that sings “Here Comes Your Man” is actually a professional singer. His attempt to woo the character Summer (Zooey Deschanel) once he has become very drunk to must up the courage, is a real hit.

Bob (Bill Murray) sings karaoke song “More Than This” to show his connection with Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson). His voice wasn’t great, but he put the message across very clearly.

After receiving a $200 bet dare, Holly (Hilary Swank) gets up on stage in a crowded bar to fulfill her dare. She sings “Gett Off” by Prince, and during her sexy dance, she trips over the mic wires.

Chris Tucker provides a karaoke performance to ladies in a club in this movie. He performs Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” with some MJ dance move attempts and all.

A funny spin on performing karaoke in this scene, a fired employee (Ewan McGregor) of her (Cameron Diaz) fathers company, kidnaps her, and then she goes along with the kidnapping. While pretending to be newlyweds, they attend a bar and sing “Beyond The Sea” while dancing as well.

A karaoke based film, depicting Huey Lewis as a karaoke hustler. The scene where Giamatti and Braugher sing “Try a Little Tenderness”, is a real viewer favorite.

A cult British gang based movie where Ray Kreed (Ray Winston), sings “The Harder They Come” and is more interested in singing karaoke and getting married that focusing on gang business.

It is a cracker of a film and definitely in our top 10 which is why it has this special mention.

The karaoke scene in this film is unique in that London Karaoke Hire were on set providing the karaoke equipment being used for the film production.

Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) have escaped abroad from a major UK incident they caused along with Lola (Indeyarna Donaldson-Holness) who is the daughter of Saffy (Julia Sawalha).

The scene has Saffy visiting a London club (The Royal Vauxhall Tavern) to speak to Edina’s friend/stylist Christopher (Chris Colfer).

In order to find him in the club Saffy is persuaded to sing “At Seventeen“.

Original microphone from the karaoke scene in the film Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
The microphone used in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. Signed by Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders and Julia Sawalha

Fun Film Facts

  • Julia actually recorded the track in pre-production and it is her vocal you can hear on the film
  • The Royal Vauxhall Tavern was so packed with drag artists in amazing costumes there was no space to put the equipment as previously planned.
  • One of our team was laid on the floor throughout the shoot in order to operate the systems.
  • The whole scene was shot in a day on location.
  • The mic used was different from our normal ones and provided especially for the shoot.
  • We still have the exact mic used from the film and signed by the main cast in our possession.

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