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Star – Hugh Grant & Drew Barrymore
Genre – comedy
Run Time – 96 minutes
Certificate – PG 13
Country – USA
Awards – 6 Nominations
Amazon – £1.97 DVD £7.99Blue Ray
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Hugh Grant is a star, not an actor, simple as. He plays his likable bumbling Englishman in every movie he has ever done and the Americans love it. That’s what the Americans think all English guys are like that in London. Richard Gere does the same thing for a British audience. Grant is one of those guys who had the pick of careers, top public school bred and from good upper middle-class stock. Life was always going to be easy for him. He chose the stage and screen as he had the looks and the connections.
As a child, Hugh Grant took piano lessons from Andrew Lloyd Webber's mother. Therefore he has the right credentials for Music & lyrics, the tale of a washed up British 80s pop star in America. Any film he has been in he no doubt new the person top in their field to get advice for the role. But for all that you still like him. You know what you are going to get in a Hugh Grant romcom.
• Hugh Grant as Alex Fletcher
• Drew Barrymore as Sophie Fisher
• Brad Garrett as Chris Riley
• Kristen Johnston as Rhonda Fisher
• Haley Bennett as Cora Corman
• Campbell Scott as Sloan Cates
• Scott Porter as Colin Thompson
• Matthew Morrison as Ray, Cora's Manager
Grant plays Alex Fletcher, a washed up 80s pop star who lives a comfortably life in America off his royalties and low key appearances playing in shopping malls and office parties. Things are about to pep up for Fletcher with the arrival of pretty garden housekeeper (they water the plants and stuff) Sophie Fisher (Drew Barrymore) and teen pop sensation Cora Corman (Haley Bennett) in his life. His manager Chris Riley (Brad Garrett) has been asked to ask Alex to right a love song for Cora, the Taylor Swift like singer recently splitting from her boyfriend and in need of inspiration.
But that inspiration for the project doesn’t come from Grant so much but Sophie, who can sing a bit and great with words, the two getting on and the pretty help eventually helping him write the song. Alex does the melody and she is the words. But Sophie has a secret and still in love with her handsome but arrogant ex boyfriend, successful writer Sloan Cates (Campbell Scott), who seems to have taken advantage of her talent a little too much in the past. But as the deadline approaches to finish Cora’s song I think you can guess the rest…
For $40 million it looks polished and worthy of it $145 million return. Hugh is not huge box-office and so good money, the plot and character he plays here somewhat mirroring his career of late. The only film to stretch him and his best one to date is Desperate Measures and that was along time ago. That is why this type of film is perfect for him.
It’s well written with some quotable lines and although starting out as a gentle satire on the pop world where it’s all about how pretty and young you are and how much flesh you show to succeed it does revert to romcom type in the final act. Saying that it’s what you expect and what the female audience probably wants and surprisingly watchable for a middle aged bloke like me who detests romcom.
I have thing for Drew Barrymore because I met her briefly in Los Angles in the 1990s when I was backpacking across America and she fell in love with a guy I was briefly travelling with and they actually got married. It didn’t last but showed she wasn’t 100% Hollywood slave and her own woman and a free spirit. She is also a rare case where a super cute and famous child actor actually stays super cute and succeeds as an adult in the industry, the adorable little cute girl in E.T of course.
It’s a breezy 90 minutes of amiable Hugh and ditsy Barrymore and one to watch on TV as it’s quite old now and not worth buying. I did enjoy it and although the actors don’t sing it’s believable that they could as we all know most music is auto tuned these days. There isn’t much chemistry between the two leads though and so ends up another Hug Grant show, which s no bad thing. It could have been Adam Sandler, an unbearable thought.
Imdb.com – 6.5/10.0 (77,598votes)
Rottentomatos.com –62% critic’s approval
Metacriitc.com – 59% critic’s approval
Movie Metropolis –‘Music and Lyrics could have had more rhythm and a better beat...’
Chicago Tribune –‘Light, sweet and agreeably confident’.
The Mail –‘Far too little originality ... to make the film anything other than a disposable rom-com triviality’.
The Idaho Message –‘Good-natured, melodic and sweet as can be, "Music and Lyrics" is like listening to your favorite '80s compilation: It just plain makes you feel good’.
Reel times –‘Like a catchy pop song you can't stop humming, the sublime romantic melody of Music and Lyrics puts a smile on your face and love in your heart’.
The NY Times –‘Music and Lyrics is not the most original or ambitious movie I've ever seen. However, Barrymore is well-paired with Grant in a story that is smarter than you might think. It's just all-around good fun’.
Music and Lyrics is a typical Hugh Grant film. He plays a man (Alex Fletcher) who was previously in a popular boy band (PoP!) but is now something of a washed up has-been. His main problem lies in the fact that while he can write beautiful music and wonderful melodies, his lyrics leave a lot to be desired. His second chance comes when Cora (a teenage pop sensation) asks him to write her a song called "Way Back Into Love). While struggling with this project Alex discovers that Sophie (Drew Barrymore), the girl who comes to water his plants, is surprisingly good at coming up with lyrics. Sophie is initially very reluctant to become involved in the project but is eventually convinced, and the two have to hurry to meet the deadline Cora has set.
This is a feel good film about second chances and forgiveness. Grant and Barrymore are brilliant and have good chemistry together. The film also has a good soundtrack (personally I found the Pop Goes My Heart video hilarious) and is generally well worth watching.
Film Only Review:
Meet the ageing popstar Alex Fletcher from the band 'pop' which was an 80's pop sensation who we see with the rest of the band members in their typical 80's style music video (this is must see for Hugh Grant fans by the way like his dancing scene in love actually lol). He makes his money by doing little gigs but the money is drying up rather fast however he is happy enough to live off the past and doesn't seem to want to be back in the public eye particulary anyway.
Into his life comes Sophie Fisher (Drew Barrymore) clumsy, quirky and all over the place who comes to water his plants in his apartment as his usual lady is away on her hols.
Alex is asked to write a song for one of the biggest female acts out called 'Cora' but whilst doing so with the help of a lyricist he hears Sophie making up lyrcs herself and sacks the lyracist and convinces Sophie to help him write a song...the fact is though shes never done it before and there is a fast deadline to get it done as other 'has been' acts have also been asked to write a song for Cora.
Alex is the melody man and Sophies the wordie girl and given the title 'Way Back Into Love' to work with they spend hours trying to write a few verses to which they can present to Cora and would give Alex the chance to sing the duet with her in her concert.
However as the writing progresses we learn more about Alex and who he is and see Sophie as quite a hurt person having gone out with a professor that used her for inspiration for his top selling book and wherever Sophie goes there are reminders of it and she even bumps into him when out with Alex and Alex very much wants her to move on with her life and she feels that she cant and that shes been humilated and cant seem to move past that.
After a time though it becomes clear that feelings are becoming involved with the pair but Sophie is a romantic and ruled by her heart though Alex is much more buisness like in his approach to romance and doesn't really appear to be aware of what love is. Can the song be written in time? Will the words of the song mean anything to them both and will Alex have the song in his hand to sing with Cora at Maddison Square Gardens at one of the biggest and best concerts of all time.
This goes on my top 10 films of all time. Not because it has a particular message to give but just that it makes me smile and laugh in all the right places. I am a quite fan of Hugh Grant and this role gives him one he is most suited to........quirky English gentleman role and I love him as Alex. He plays the role of a quick witted but still soft at times guy and the lovely Drew Barrymore is again suited to her role as a vunerable at times but strong deep down woman who just wants to be loved for herself. I cant say much about the acting from others as Hugh and Drew outshine them all though there was a few amusing scenes with Sophie's sister who was a big fan of Alexs when they were younger!
There is nothing at all wrong with this rom com in my opinion. Its sentimental and sweet, predictable and not all that thought provoking really but I can watch this over and over again and still it makes me chuckle which is the very reason I have this in my huge dvd collection.
Rated PG and with a runtime of 96 minutes this gets a thumbs up from me especially for us girly girls out there, and for older women who wanna see Hugh girate and general be a bit of a prat lol
Music and lyrics
I really enjoyed this film. Last week one of the days I found myself not feeling that great and tucked up on the sofa with a cup of tea and I wanted something entertaining and light hearted to watch. I tend to like Drew Barrymore, she has been in some of my favourite girlie afternoon films (among them include 50 first dates, ever after, never been kissed, the wedding singer) generally I tend to suspect that I might like a film if she is starring in it.
Hugh Grant plays the typical character that he has become known for playing. His character in this film allows him to play to his strengths and he does it well, he plays the charming middle aged charismatic lead. In this film he is an aging pop sensation that hasn't had a hit in years and now plays any last minute or community gigs he can get to keep that feeling of fame alive. He is lucky enough to be asked to write a new song for the famous 'Cora' a young hot singer who remembers his previous one hit wonder from her childhood. Drew Barrymore stars as the quirky female lead, the lovely aspiring writer Sophie Fischer who by accident of luck ends up helping to write the lyrics for this up and coming pop sensation with a previous has been pop sensation. As the two of them get closer and closer writing a pop song in a record time to fit into Cora's deadlines their lives become entwined and maybe more than friendship begins to entwine with all the music and lyrics.
There are some catchy lyrics throughout the film and I particularly like the opening music video that shows 'Pop' the song that so long ago made Alex Fletchers career.
There are also some great minor characters, Sophie's sister, Rhonda (played by Kristen Johnston) who had a major crush on Alex when she was younger. She has a couple of funny moments and one liner's as her past crush comes rushing into her sister's life.
Personally, I think that this deserves four out of five stars. I really enjoyed this film but I think that it helps that it was the type of mindless light hearted entertainment I was in the mood for. This is an enjoyable, feel good, romantic comedy. It isn't a film that will get you thinking, but it is a film that I found that got me smiling.
This is a FILM ONLY review.
I recorded Music and Lyrics on sky plus a good few months ago and every time I was looking through my planner for something to watch I thought to my self "no, I don't really fancy watching that one" I don't know why I recorded it really as the biggest put off for me was the fact Hugh Grant was the lead character. I don't really like him much, I'm not sure what it is about him I dislike. Anyway last night whilst home alone I decided to watch something from my planner, movie wise all I had were either scary or this film. (I can't do scary films when I'm alone!) So Music and Lyrics it was. I am so glad I watched it, I really enjoyed the film. Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant worked well together There seemed to be a connection there, there wasn't smoldering chemistry there but they seemed to act well off of each other.
Alex Fletcher was a teenage heartthrob in the 80s when he was part of a band called Pop. When the band dissolved Alex found that his career took a dive unlike his fellow band member who became successful as a solo artist. Now Alex is asked to write a song for Cora a teen star in the height of her career. They do not allow much time for Alex to come up with this song and as he was always better composing the music rather than writing the words Alex finds himself struggling.
Alex has a new lady called Sophie come into his flat to water his plants and she is there one afternoon whilst Alex is working on the song, he sings a few words but then trails off and hears Sophie add a few extra words to the end of where he has gotten too. Alex discovers that Sophie was a creative writing student and talks her into assisting to write the song.
Music and Lyrics was written and directed by Marc Lawrence. The cast included: Hugh Grant as Alex Fletcher, Drew Barrymore as Sophie Fisher, Brad Garrett as Chris Riley, Haley Bennett as Cora Corman
As I said previously I really enjoyed this film, it was a pleasant surprise. It was a nice fun light hearted romantic comedy which was easy to watch and draws you in. It is a predictable storyline, as most of these types of film are, but even still I found myself waiting to see how they conclude the film. I would definitely class this film as a chick flick and would recommend this film for either a night in alone or with the girls or as a movie to watch the morning after a night out just relaxing on the sofa not having to think too much as me and my friends like doing.
This review is also on ciao under the same name.
Yet another film I had stored up on Sky Plus. I was leaving this for a time when my OH wouldn't be in as I am sure it wouldn't be his cup of tea and he was working this afternoon so I thought I would give it a go and see if its as good as Hugh Grants other films. I quite like his films like Bridget Jones and Four Weddings so was quite looking forward to seeing this one.
The story of this film is about an 80's pop singer who is trying to revive his career and is asked by a top girl singer to write her a song for her new single. He is good at writing music but not so good at the lyrics so tries to find someone to help him. After trying to write with one writer he realises it is not working but then finds a new partner in the girl who hass temporarily taken over the job of watering his plants.
Hugh Grant plays the 80's pop singer, Alex Fletcher who used to be part of 80's band called Pop. Some of the acting was a bit cringe worthy especially when Hugh was dancing or trying to dance but it was also quite believable of how someone of his age and era would dance so in a way it worked. He played the part as his normal character in these chick flick love stories, but if your'e a fan of these types of movies then you won't complain. I liked the way they made him look younger at the beginning when they were supposed to be showing you a video from back in the 80's.
Drew Barrymore plays the girl watering his plants while the normal girl cant do it. Her name is Sophie Fisher and she is really bubbly and doesnt stop talking. I thought Drew played her really well, she was really sweet and made a good partner for Hugh Grant's character.
Haley Bennett made her debut in the film playing the part of Cora Corman, the pop singer wanting a new signle written for her. I thought she had a lovely voice and came across well in the part.
If you want a feel good film then I would recommend this one if you havent already seen it. It is quite a good story even with the "dad" dancing.
I have seen many Hugh Grant movies over the years and a lot of them have been romantic comedies. He does seem to do a load of these types of films and I have to say most of them are good. This film is no exception and is pretty light hearted and funny, although at times quite cheesy. The movie stars Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. The movie is very related to the 1980's and I really enjoyed it.
The film begins with an extremely cheesy music video from the 80's era and Alex Fletcher played by Hugh Grant is shown singing with his band members with a song called 'Pop goes your heart'. He was a popular pop star then, however his career declined after that and although he still makes small appearences and has female fans he is not playing on the same stage he was.
When his agent gets him a job to write a new song for an up and coming starlet he jumps at the opportunity. She is a young Britney-like pop princess and asks him to write a song and perform it together with her. She is a huge fan of Alex Fletcher's work in the 80's. However, there is a catch and that is she has offered this task to several other has-beens.
One day he has a chance meeting with Drew Barrymore's character when she turns up at his apartment to water his plants. He enlists her help to write a new song in order for him to make a comeback. He plays the music and writes the melody but he needs her to write the lyrics and come up with ideas. But they don't have long - 2 weeks in fact.
This movie has all the basic ingredients for a good romantic comedy. You have two people who are very different and don't have much in common seemingly. They meet under unique circumstances and eventually find they have some common ground and fall for each other. Then there's always the part of the film where one gets mad at the other and it's nearly over, until the other tries to win them back somehow. This is the formula for most movies in this genre.
Despite the fact that this movie is the same in regards to other romantic comedies it has enought originality to make this very enjoyable and worth watching. It features alot of music as you would imagine and quite alot of that is sung by Hugh Grant himself.
Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore were pretty good choices for the two main roles as they both had chemistry between them. However, apart from that they have a good track record with romantic comedies and have been successful in other films of this type. So why not team them up...makes sense really.
I really loved the movie as I remember the latter half of the 1980's quite well and the movie portrays that era pretty well. I know you might be fed up with romantic comedies but I think this one's worth it.
***Film only review***
I first watched this when it came out at the cinema because I saw the trailer for it and they did their magic and made the film appealing to me.
Music and Lyrics is another one of those cheesy films done starring Hugh Grant. It was produced in 2007 and claims to be a romantic comedy.
Grant is Alex Fletcher is a has-been 80's pop star, whilst he was half of a duo, the other half have had fortune and fame and he is left behind trying to keep his head above water by doing school reunions and fairs etc for his ageing female fans. He is given the chance of a proper comeback when a pop-diva commissions him to write a song for her called 'A way back into love' Considering he was the composer of the duo and his other half was the lyricist he is going to struggle with writing.
Whilst he is in his apartment going through some lyrics with some weird fella ditzy Sophie Fisher (Drew Barrymore) enters to come and water his plants and as she is listening she adds her own lyrics which Fletcher is impressed by. He asks her to help him but she declines, so he basically stalks her until she does help him. Through the film we find out that Fisher is hurt by a previous relationship with her English professor and that he has written a bestseller based on her but making her out to be a talentless fake.
They start a relationship but not soon after they come into conflict over the song they have just written and how the pop diva wants to portray it.
While I am not a huge fan of Hugh Grant I usually find his films watchable. This one caught my eye because I thought it would be funny. It is funny in bits and I did chuckle at some parts but it was just our general English sarcasm mostly. But apart from the occasional one liners there isn't much comedy. Grants character is a pop singer and throughout the film he did have to sing, it did come across that he was probably a bit scared to actually give it a proper go! If he had been more self-assured and more confident it might have been a bit more believable. He did do the hip swaying and pelvic thrusts though which are hilarious and his singing isn't half bad if he gave himself a chance. I wasn't too keen on the song that they had written and after hearing it a couple of times it did get on my nerves.
I liked the authentic way they shot the 80's pop video at the beginning of the film and it did take me back to see how dreadful they did actually look back then with the big hair and over the top dance movements that we must have thought were so cool. I liked the fact that Grant was almost taking the mickey out of it all. Barrymore is great as the leading lady and although there were supporting actors (Barrymore's sister, and Grants manager) they didn't take the focus off the leading couple.
The film itself is very predictable but then aren't all romantic films? It does lack something though, it needs a bit of a kick to make it move along at a quicker pace. I am not sure if the casting was right, there just didn't seem the chemistry between them.
I love the ending (after the film finishes) where they show the old video to POP goes my heart and they give the trivia of the band and members, stating that Fletcher's old band member has done so many hip sways that he now needs a hip replacement!
Overall this is passable Sunday afternoon TV. I think they could have done so much more with the storyline.
Music and Lyrics is a romantic comedy released In February 2007. The film was written and directed by Marc Lawrence who is famous for writing the screenplay of Miss Congeniality and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous and for writing and directing Two Weeks Notice and recently Did You Hear About the Morgans? It is quite strange that Hugh Grant stars all the latest films of Lawrence. He is a great actor anyway. So back to Music and Lyrics, the running time of the film is 104 minutes and the classification is Parental Guidance. What makes this film interesting is that Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore and Haley Bennett sing a lot on their own voices, no playback or other tricks.
Hugh Grant - Alex Fletcher (former pop music idol of the band PoP!)
Drew Barrymore - Sophie Fisher (aspiring writer)
Haley Bennett - Cora Corman (very popular pop diva)
Brad Garrett - Chris Riley (Fletcher's manager)
Alex Fletcher was one of the founding members of the band PoP!. The band was very successful in 1980s and early 1990s and Fletcher still enjoyed considerable fame from this era. He went on little shows where he presented 2-3 songs of the former PoP!. Luckily his manager arranged that he was given a chance to write a song for the teenage pop diva Cora Corman. He had only 3-4 days to write a song called "A Way Back Into Love" for Cora's new CD which was almost finished and waiting to be published.
While Alex is working on the song with Colin who helped him with the lyrics Sophie came to water the plants. She couldn't resist and started to sing her own lyrics to the music Alex played on the piano. Colin became angry that an amateur has better idea then he has and also Alex supports her so he left soon. Alex asked Sophie to help him write the lyrics of the song. Sophie had a very busy programme for the next day. Can she really help Alex with the lyrics?
This film was a typical chick-flick where you don't have to expect a very complicated story line or unexpected twists. It was a simple and quite predictable story with great acting performance. I was just lying in front of the TV and enjoying the songs and the developing story. I have to admit that all of the actors had very pleasant voice and the film was absolutely okay. I would really watch it again.
I think the film had some other soundtrack than the songs sang by the leading actors I just can't recall them, so they must have been really fitting the plot.
I like the performance of all the actors in the film. It was great but I wouldn't say outstanding. I have seen better performance of Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore before but they were good in this film too. It was strange hearing them singing. Haley Bennett even used some belly dance motives in her show. She was a great match for the role of Cora.
So to sum up this is an easygoing film for evenings when you don't want to think just looking out of your head. I couldn't sleep so I had to entertain myself with a film and I have chosen this DVD. You can buy it on DVD for 3.98 pounds which is a good price for it.
I went to the cinema to see this film - well it was the new Hugh Grant film, I just had to - and if I was truly honest it was not the best film I had ever seen. However I still bought the dvd when it was released.
Watching it again I really loved it. I honestly do not know why but it has a charm all of its own - perhaps its my age - I will explain!
Hugh plays the role of Alex Fletcher - a has been from a seventies pop group who bears a passing resemblance to Spandau Ballet. He is now making a living on as a seventies pop star and living on his past fames - albeit with the dodgy hip that age has given him. Enter Drew Barrymore as Sophie Fisher who waters Alex's plants yet has excellent lyric writing abilities.
Together the two of them have the opportunity to write a new song for the top pop singer of the time, Cora Corman, and so Alex begins to regain his credibility and his new love.
Neither stars can sing all that well and the ending is tearfully predictable yet this is quirky romantic comedy that I really enjoyed. I shouldn't have done but did - sorry!
Music and Lyrics
When two romantic titans clash what is there to expect, except a beautiful romantic comedy filled with humor, the " Four Weddings and a Funeral" sexy Hugh Grant and the ever so delicious "Never been Kissed" Drew Barrymore, meet in this unusual romantic film. This is film is better than I expected and is fantastic.
Alex Fletcher, is a singer from the 80's group Pop!, who has lost his fame during the last decade is asked by the rising star, Cora Corman, to write a song. This is an opportunity not to miss, if Alex wants to rise from the ashes again, unfortunately, he has no idea what to write, having always been good at music. Enters Sophie Fisher, the girl who waters the plants but who has a talent for writing. Will the two make Alex Fletcher's career rise again and will they find their "way back into love"?
Surprising as it may be, having bought this film, I thought to myself that it was going to be another musical like High School Musical, don't get me wrong, I love High School Musical, but looking at the title, I expected more singing than dialogues but however the film is wonderful.
Hugh Grant is at the peak of his talent, where he acts, sings and even dances, those little hip shaking movements, that he has the secret. His acting is without any doubt amazing. He adds the gentlemanly charm that he has always been known to have to this comedy. There could have been no one else but Drew Barrymore as Sophie Fisher, it is as if she has been cut for this role, and truly she brings the sweet and melancholic side to this movie more than any other actress could.
I personally find that the on screen chemistry between Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant make this movie, if any other two actors would have played the parts, it would have been still a romantic comedy but it would not have been as successful, according to me. Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant not only have chemistry for the romance but also for the comic side of the movie, both completing the other for the funny scenes and the dialogues.
I was, in awe, in front of Haley Bennet's acting, she is the sensual singer, Cora Corman, who is the reason, why Alex Fletcher has to write a song. Having never seen her act before, I can pleasantly say that she has talent for the future and that she will be one great actor. She has moves, she has beat and she has a great voice for singing; what else should we ask for.
Not only the acting but the soundtrack of "Music And Lyrics" is worth listening to, my favorite songs are "Pop! Goes My Heart" and of course, "Way back Into Love" but the other songs by Hugh Grant and Haley Bennett are listenable, and knowing that it is the actors themselves who did the singing, I would say it is a lifetime experience.
For me, "Music and Lyrics' is a movie to watch on a gloomy day, the actors bring sunshine to your lives and even make you smile. Definitely a film, I would recommend to music lovers and to undying romantic comedy fans like myself.
Hugh Grant- Alex Fletcher
Drew Barrymore- Sophie Fisher
Haley Bennett- Cora Corman
DVD Features include:
Note for note: The making of "Music and Lyrics"
Music video' Pop! Goes My heart
A couple of weeks ago i fancied a lazy weekend so thought i would go and buy a few chick flicks to watch, i bought this dvd for £3 so i wasn't expecting it to be up to much for the price although it has been out a while.
I was pleasantly surprised at how good this film actually was, and the music in the film was fantastic and had me singing along. It's a funny happy uplifting film.
This film is about a former 80's pop icon called Alex Fletcher and is played buy Hugh Grant. While he is working away he hires a woman called Sophie Fisher, played by Drew Barrymore, to water his plants. Alex has been asked to write a song for young pop star in four days and struggles, while Sophie is watering his plants he is thinking out loud about his lyrics and Sophie helps him, revealing that she is a gifted song writer. Alex and Sophie fall in love but no relationship is with out its ups and downs..
Hugh Grant is brilliant in this film and is so funny. The film starts by showing a mock up of Hugh Grant being 80's pop star Alex Fletcher in a music video, it was so funny that i had to keep rewinding it and watching it again.
Overall this is a very pleasant film and can be very funny in bits and would definitely recommend it to anyone, especially to anyone who wants a good cheering up.
I was looking forward to see Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore in a romcom together as both actors rarely deliver a below average performance, and although this wasn't below average, it wasn't too much above average either.
You have Hugh Grant as Alex Fletcher, a former popstar who is trying in vain to rescue the tatters of his once glittering career. He's still doing gigs and singing the same old tired songs as theme parks and such like. Sophie Fisher (Barrymore) is hired by Alex to water his house plants when he discovers she has a great knack for lyric writing. Alex is asked to write a song, a duet in fact, for a massive music star, even though he didn't ever write any lyrics for his own songs. At a loss, Sophie helps him out, and thus begins a partnership and of course, a romantic relationship.
There are the usual ups and down, fallings out and makings up that are so standard in romcoms, but I didn't really feel a spark between Alex and Sophie and I didn't believe they actually fell for each other. Hugh Grant is great at comedy and his facial expressions are second to none, and the dance moves, ala Love Actually, brought some much needed laughs to this film, which did fall a bit flat on the comedy front. He hasn't got a bad singing voice though it has to be said!
But other than that, most jokes fell flat, and Drew looked pretty bored throughout most of the film. The best laughs, in fact come from 3rd Rock From The Sun's Kristen Johnston who plays Rhonda, Sophie's sister. I didn't hate this film, but I certainly didn't love it either, and was expecting so much more from two actors who have made romcoms part of their staple diet in Hollywood. Worth a look perhaps but definitely isn't one of the best romcoms ever made.
I think that the storyline of this film is just very very very basic. I mean from the start you can quite clearly guess what is going to happen i think once you have seen a film like this then really you have seen them all. I didnt really enjoy this film because it was just really a general love story with a few funny blips on the way through. I think that yes it does have some funny parts but not many really and i dont actually understand how this film got 4 starts to me it would be 2 - 3 at the most. I thought that what made the film funny was hugh grant and normally i like his films but i think that this one let him down abit and i wouldnt really recommened buying this film to anybody because its not the best of the two actors films.
This is quite the lyrical romantic comedy that I expected. And no, I am not playing on the title here! This movie is certainly enchanting due to the captivating and sometimes highly comical songs that are included in the movie. It is one of the most enchanting and endearing comedies I watched after a long time! It is classified as a Romantic Comedy, and while I have watched better romantic comedies, I will certainly classify this as a nice romantic movie- mainly because of the nice background and atmosphere provided by the lyrics and music in the film.
The story is about Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant). He used to be a superstar in a highly successful boy band and ever since the band broke up, he just lurks in the shadows and occasionally does some minor shows. When he is given a chance to rise to fame again, he learns that he has to write a new song for a young pop star in order to have a second chance at stardom. Frustrated, Alex discovers that he is completely out of inspiration. This is when he finds out that the girl who waters his plant has an amazing talent for prose and lyrics.
I have to say that the plot is fairly predictable and there is no major climax or suspense in Music and Lyrics. But like I mentioned above, the movie has a charm all of its own. The main thematic element is love, and I laughingly told my friend that this is one movie which certainly lives up to Shakespeare's definition of "If Music be the Food of Love". Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant are amazing as always, their acting is flawless and their line delivery even more than perfect. However, it is sad to note that the on-screen chemistry is not really present between the two of them. In certain scenes that are more intense than the others, the chemistry seems forced and exaggerated.
I would rather say that this movie excels in charm and humor. Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant might not make the best on-screen couple but they do make a wonderful humoristic team. Other minor characters such as Cora, the singer are also amazing at providing underlying comical elements to the plot as a whole. Some characters had only a brief appearance but the audience can easily witness how important they end up being to the story in general; and I believe that this largely contributed towards turning this movie into such a success, despite the lack of on-screen chemistry.
DVD Extras include:
* Gag reel
* Deleted Scenes
* Music Video: Pop goes my heart
The Extras are reason good enough for me to rate this movie as three stars instead of four. I certainly could have used more extras, and I would have loved to know more about the making of/idea behind the movie.
Overall I would say that this is a nice average movie but one that you just have to watch to witness Hugh Grant's and Drew Barrymore's amazing performances; as well as the marvellous songs in the film.
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Music & Lyrics is frothy and sweet, like the top of a perfect cappuccino shared a deux. Hugh Grant is a self-professed "happy has-been," playing his befuddled, adorable persona more spot-on than he has since Four 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 that overwater--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