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|Music and Lyrics |
Actors: Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, Scott Porter, Nick Bacon, Andrew W. Blakemore
Director: Marc Lawrence
First you're hot, then you're not...and then you're Alex Fletcher (HUGH GRANT). So when the sizzlingest tween-queen on the charts asks the has-been '80s pop sensation to write her a song, he grabs for another chance at sta... more »
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Sara B. from PRINSBURG, MN
Reviewed on 12/29/2010...
This is a cute romantic comedy. The soundtrack is a lot of fun. I enjoyed seeing Grant and Barrymore performing, something I haven't seen before. This is good if you're looking for a light-hearted movie. However, another character, Cora, has some dance moves that I felt were inappropriate for younger audiences.
Deidra S. from EDMOND, OK
Reviewed on 9/25/2010...
Cute movie! I would definitely recommend it.
Brad S. (Snibot) from DALLAS, TX
Reviewed on 4/9/2010...
This is a fun little movie, Drew puts on quite a show for us here. She is a joy to see onscreen. Hugh Grant is not my favorite actor but here he has a wonderful performance. The opening music video had me coughing I was laughing so hard. It completely captured the 80s.
The music in this film complements the show; you can imagine the disaster if it was bad. The comedy in this movie had my sides hurting, and the touching parts didn't make me want to turn it off.
This is a safe date movie, while not quite 50 First Dates Funny, it is at least on par with Two Weeks Notice.
Also watch the closing credits, some of what goes on is pretty cleaver.
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Krista M. (kskrista)
Reviewed on 3/24/2010...
EXCELLENT movie! The music is great, the actors are superb, and the comedy is hilarious! Every time I watch it, I laugh and laugh and laugh. The chemistry between Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore in this move is strong--and funny. (It's also impressive that Hugh Grant sings.) ;-)
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Five Stars for a Silly Romance? Yes!
A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com | Glen Ellyn, IL USA | 02/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sure. Why not? The first question in assessing a movie's merit is does it do as intended?
With "Music and Lyrics," what it intends is nothing extraordinary. It aims to be a fun, romantic, sweet comedy of a man meeting a woman and falling in love, with a poke at pop culture. It accomplishes this. I saw this on February 14, Valentine's Day, and wanted exactly as delivered.
Paul McCartney asked in the 1970s what the world needs with another silly love song. "Music and Lyrics" is, in film, a silly love song.
Hugh Grant plays Alex Fletcher, a has-been pop singer from a defunct duo similar to Wham!, struggles to find his way as his audience stops caring. Realistic, he knows what he is capable of, but is unsure what his next step should be.
When Cora, a pretentious form of Britney Spears-Shakira-Christina Aguilera of sex-pop, offers him an opportunity to write a song, he runs into trouble. He is a melody man, not a lyricist. His lyricist from his old band, Pop!, is long gone.
In walks Sophie Fisher, played with charm by the ever-sweet Drew Barrymore. She's Alex's temporary plant watering person (and not a very good one), with a penchant for delivering peppy lyrics under her breath. Despite the scorn of fill-in wordsmith Greg Antonsky, Alex takes a liking to her style. Greg's angst-style, hopeless lyrics seem off kilter with Alex's personality.
Embittered from a broken affair with an engaged man, Sophie is uninterested. It is one thing to hum a tune, and it is another to commit to writing a song. However, Alex only has a few days and pressures (begs, really), Sophie to help.
She acquiesces, and tries to write. Alex and Sophie clash, as he understands the profession of music, and is desperate, and she is still stuck on the failed affair.
Both are living in the past, and both need to move up into 2007 to survive and thrive.
Finally, lyrics are written, and Cora loves them -- with a few changes. Cora's version is laced with faux spirituality and tramped-up seduction. Sophie's artistic sensibilities are insulted, and pulls the song much to Alex's chagrin. They argue, break-up, and now, Alex is stuck trying to fix a song.
Can he fix the song on time? Will they figure out how to live in the present day? What about love (this is a romantic comedy, remember?).
A fine self-mocking performance is put on by Kristen Johnston as Sophie's older sister Rhonda, making jabs at her own weight-loss campaign. Brad Garrett as Alex's agent Chris Riley is right on the money, as he is both a manager and friend.
Drew Barrymore shows she's more than the girl next door, but has a kind of Lucille Ball, Jenna Elfman, Meg Ryan mix going on.
Hugh Grant is perfectly cast, and is the better side of himself. He never overplays the role, and yet, does not fall into the 'stupid Englishman' persona he occasionally does.
I fully recommend "Music and Lyrics."
MICHAEL ACUNA | Southern California United States | 02/24/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Music and Lyrics" is a hoot: witty, bright, beautifully performed by the luminous Drew Barrymore (as ditzy, charming, beautiful Sophie Fletcher) and the dry of wit, Hugh Grant (as the less famous half, Alex Fletcher of a hot 80's duo, "Pop" obviously patterned after "WHAM") and briskly paced by director Marc Lawrence.
The story is light and airy: Fletcher needs help writing a song for a Britney clone, Cora. A song that could maybe bring him back to prominence after twenty years of playing store openings, amusement parks and nostalgia concerts. Sophie, though a partner with her sister in a Weight Loss clinic, is a whiz at writing pop lyrics: presto...match made in heaven!
The interplay between Barrymore and Grant is spot on and the dialogue and story are almost up to their excellent timing but they both work hard, though not too as that would negate the comedy, to make this work and in most scenes it does.
"Music and Lyrics" is as light as a crepe filled with caramelized bananas and topped with whipped cream and as such don't expect more from it than a huge smile and the delicious satisfaction that comes from eating something you have no business consuming.
VERY ENTERTAINING ROMANTIC COMEDY!
! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b | TRI STATE AREA | 01/06/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Really good romantic comedies are few and far between. 'Music and Lyrics is one of the good ones! Reminiscent of 'The Wedding Singer' with it's parody of the 80's pop scene and also co-starring Drew Barrymore, this smart and funny film features a believable chemistry and relationship between the two leads and not too sappy an ending. The 80's in-jokes are clever and keep this movie from falling into the same traps most bad romantic comedies do. Hugh and Drew are as likable as they ever have been in this romantic musical comedy! The fact that they acually sing the songs in this film make it all the better."