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Music and Lyrics (Widescreen Edition) (2007)

Comedy movie directed by Marc Lawrence

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  • May 8, 2007
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(2 1/2 *'s) 'Music and Lyrics' scores a great premise for a movie: A washed-up has-been 80's pop star, Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant) wants to jump-start his status from amusement park retro act to a songwriting superstar. Trouble is he isn't cut out for any sort of comeback. That is until he meets an oddball songwriter, Sophie Fischer (Drew Berrymore) to be his "soul (mate) and inspiration". Having an older sister (played likably enough by Kristen Johnsten) who is a rabid "Pop" fan (the name of Alex's hit band) and a manager, Chris Riley (Brad Garrett) who always tells people what they want to hear, Alex has a chance. The tension develops when artist integrity splits up their songwriting motivation. (She won't stand for the ridiculous "religious" rendering of their song for popstar Cora Corman [Haley Bennett].)

'Music and Lyrics' works well with the tender notes, but the comedy is hit and miss. Starting with a "Pop" video that takes every 80's musical and lyrical cliche', the movie begins as a promising parody. Recalling a review of his solo album, Alex relates that 'Rolling Stone' said it was "crass, contrived, and not worthy of the dentist's chair". When less sharp and more flat, we get fake plants being watered, late night sessions with Alex repeatedly playing the 'Jeopardy' theme, and Sophie shouting out, "I'm going to have a baby!" to hail a cab. When Alex announces his intention to relaunch his career, Chris quips, "We might even get [to play] Disneyland!"

Benign and often heartwarming, 'Music and Lyrics' has enough appeal for a mainstream audience. Sometimes it tries too hard for its own good, even if Grant and Barrymore develop some genuine chemistry that works with mixed material.

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review by . November 15, 2010
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I was never a fan of Hugh Grant , but sometimes you can write someone off totally and one day, unexpectedly, out of nowhere, they come back and surprise you. Such is the wonder of life. One never quite knows what one will get in the future despite the certain past. You think you've figure it out and then a new light dawned on you when least expected ;-)       Simple plot, simple theme, simple song. Yet, it is precisely this simplicity that makes it such an entertaining …
review by . April 29, 2009
I really enjoyed this tale of a struggling musical "has-been" who gets an opportunity to write a song for a pop superstar and by chance, finds a lyrics writer from an unexpected source (the lady who waters his plants).     The acting is great all around from Grant's dour ex-superstar demeanor, to the goofy Drew Barrymore, to the mean song-writer, to Drew's bossy older sister. The music is catchy and good (like the music from That Thing You Do). I really enjoyed this film!
review by . October 16, 2008
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Hugh Grant is the floundering has been of the 1980s musical scene, now relegated to playing high school reunions and amusement parks. His talent as a lyricist has vanished.     Drew Barrymore is surprisingly good at the ditz substituting for the regular plant waterer. (Yes, plant waterer.)     Grant is offered the opportunity to write a new song for a pop tart rock queen, Cora Corman played by the drop-dead gorgeous and talented Haley Bennett.     …
review by . January 01, 2008
I really enjoyed this tale of a struggling musical "has-been" who gets an opportunity to write a song for a pop superstar and by chance, finds a lyrics writer from an unexpected source (the lady who waters his plants).    The acting is great all around from Grant's dour ex-superstar demeanor, to the goofy Drew Barrymore, to the mean song-writer, to Drew's bossy older sister. The music is catchy and good (like the music from That Thing You Do). I really enjoyed this film!
review by . September 01, 2007
I almost think I could watch Hugh Grant do just about anything and be amused. His deadpan, fluttery-eyed delivery seems to hit my funny-bone just right. In well-written work like 4 WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL or the sadly overlooked ABOUT A BOYAbout a Boy (Widescreen Edition)...Grant is a mega-star. He is an actor of seemingly limited range...yet the work he can do within that range is astounding. He seems to have a dial that says "CAD" and he can turn it up or down as need-be. In BRIDGET JONES...he …
review by . August 22, 2007
It's easy to dismiss Music and Lyrics as just another light romantic comedy, but that's because the whole "light romantic comedy" genre is so easily dismissible. That wouldn't be fair though, because this is a wonderful little movie that's the kind you like to own and pull of the shelf sometimes.    Drew Barrymore seems to get more charming and polished with each movie she makes - and given the number of roles she's played, that's saying a lot. As Sophie, the plant girl-turned-lyricist, …
review by . May 22, 2007
Cute little movie starring Hugh Grant as a washed-up 80s rock king...reduced to performing in venues like amusement parks. Drew Barrymore is filling in for the girl who usual waters his plants...and shows an unusual propensity for rhyming. Hugh sees in Drew the assistance he needs to complete a song that he is penning for the reigning pop princess. Of course, misunderstandings abound, and when their song is chosen by the hit artist, there are "creative differences." The romance goes downhill from …
review by . May 19, 2007
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Music and Lyrics is exactly what you'd expect.    Hugh Grant plays the charmingly sarcastic character that his fans know and love.     Drew Barrymore, doe-eyed and quirky, as only Drew can.     The story is feel good, with enough tension and humor to make it worth the time investment. Some clever dialogue, a nice blend of artist angst, and a good support cast. A half-dressed prone-to-writhe teen pop star is over the top. I wish one of Sophie's …
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Music and Lyricsis frothy and sweet, like the top of a perfect cappuccino shareda deux. Hugh Grant is a self-professed "happy has-been," playing his befuddled, adorable persona more spot-on than he has sinceFour Weddings and a Funeral. As Alex, former member of an '80s pop band who years later is playing at water parks and high school reunions, he's settled into a life of lesser expectations. Drew Barrymore, quietly radiant, is Sophie, the underachieving girl Friday who arrives to water--make thatoverwater--Alex's plants--and to explode him out of that comfy rut. If the plot's a bit farfetched, it matters not, since the two lead characters are so likable--and make such beautiful music together. Big bonus: the supportive role of Kristen Johnston as Rhonda, Sophie's older sis (and longtime Alex fan) whose hilarious performance threatens to steal the show whenever she's onscreen. (The owner of a chain of successful weight-loss centers, Rhonda tries to comfort a rattled Sophie: "Want to do some stress eating?") The film also marks the remarkable debut of Haley Bennett, who plays a pop star of Britney/Cristina proportions with deadpan sincerity radiating through her skimpy outfits and mega-extensions. As Alex and Sophie work on crafting musical magic, something else is taking hold. It's music to the ears of anyone needing a sweet romantic comedy that hits all the right notes.--A.T. Hurley
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Director: Marc Lawrence
Genre: Comedy
Screen Writer: Marc Lawrence
DVD Release Date: May 8, 2007
Runtime: 96 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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