Singing in a karaoke bar can be a roller coaster ride of emotions. It can be nerve-raking, scary, melancholy, nostalgic, tense, exciting, and incredibly fun. This is why many movies include a karaoke scene or two in order to encapsulate a certain emotion or feeling. Scenes where characters suddenly sing go up the stage with a mic can be a way to release tension, build up a certain moment, butcher a certain song, or make a hit rendition.
Here are some of the best karaoke scenes in movies.
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
This classic rom-com revolves around the lives of longtime friends Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) who accidentally bump into each other through a course of years. Each encounter is flirtatious and full of chemistry. In one scene they meet in an electronics store and Harry convinces Sally to purchase a karaoke or “singing machine.” They end up singing an adorably funny version of “The Surrey With the Fringe on Top” which came from the musical Oklahoma!
Lost in Translation (2003)
Sofia Coppola’s 2013 movie featuring two wandering and wondering Americans Bob (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) in the bustling Tokyo was nothing less than subtle and sincere. Its karaoke scene where Bob flatly sang Roxy’s “More Than This” and Charlotte sassed her pink wig to “Brass in Pocket” perfectly captured their raw, innocent emotions. It held both their mid-life crisis problem and brewing awkward romance.
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
Cameron Diaz singing in this movie was painful to watch. In an attempt to ruin Kimmy’s (Diaz) upcoming wedding, Julianne pressures her to sing in a karaoke bar in public and in front of her fiancé Michael (Dermont Mulroney). There was no doubt that Kimmy was terrible, but then everyone cheers for her and her stage fright dissolves. This scene goes to show that slaying karaoke doesn’t need a talent in singing.
500 Days of Summer (2009)
This romantic movie has spurred debates on whether Summer (Zooey Deschanel) breaking Tom’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) heart was warranted or she just led him on a sad love story. Whether he had it coming or not, it’s hard not to get smitten by Tom’s rendition of the Pixies’ “Here Comes Your Man” in a karaoke bar in the first part of the movie.
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