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Music and Lyrics (Widescreen Edition)
Music and Lyrics
Widescreen Edition
Actors: Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, Scott Porter, Nick Bacon, Andrew W. Blakemore
Director: Marc Lawrence
Genres: Comedy
PG-13     2007     1hr 36min

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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Actors: Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, Scott Porter, Nick Bacon, Andrew W. Blakemore
Director: Marc Lawrence
Creators: Marc Lawrence, Bruce Berman, Hal Gaba, Liz Glotzer, Martin Shafer, Melissa Wells, Nancy Juvonen
Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Hugh Grant
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/08/2007
Original Release Date: 02/14/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 02/14/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 36min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 22
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 9/2/2021...
Fun romantic comedy with Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant.
Kathleen R. (Katchie) from UPLAND, CA
Reviewed on 11/21/2016...
Loved this cute love story. Drew was great and Hugh was so-so.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
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.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Deidra S. from EDMOND, OK
Reviewed on 9/25/2010...
Cute movie! I would definitely recommend it.
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Movie Reviews

Five Stars for a Silly Romance? Yes!
A.Trendl | 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."

Anthony Trendl
Sinfully Good
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.
! 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."