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Genre: Romance/Comedy
Director: Marc Lawrence
Cast: Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, Brad Garrett, Kristen Johnston, Campbell Scott, Haley Bennett
RunTime: 1 hr 44 mins
Released By: GV
Rating: PG
Official Website: www.musicandlyricsmovie.co.uk

Opening Day: 8 March 2007


Synopsis :

Alex Fletcher (HUGH GRANT) is a washed-up ‘80s pop star who’s been reduced to working the nostalgia circuit at county fairs and amusement parks. The charismatic and talented musician gets a chance at a comeback when reigning pop diva Cora Corman invites him to write and record a duet with her, but there’s a problem—Alex hasn’t written a song in years, he’s never written lyrics…and he has to come up with a hit in a matter of days. Enter Sophie Fisher (DREW BARRYMORE), Alex’s beguilingly quirky plant lady, whose flair for words strikes a chord with the struggling songwriter. On the rebound from a bad relationship with the newly famous novelist Sloan Cates (CAMPBELL SCOTT), Sophie is reluctant to collaborate with anyone, especially commitment-phobe Alex. As their chemistry heats up at the piano and under it, Alex and Sophie will have to face their fears—and the music—if they want to find the love and success they both deserve.

Movie Review:

There are films like Pan’s Labyrinth which will be lauded by critics across the land while there are popcorn movies like Music and Lyrics which, well, let’s face it, will not win a single Oscar statuette.

It may even invite harsh comments from self-important reviewers for being a predictable sugar-coated romantic comedy.

But the smiles of delight it brought to this reviewer more than makes up for this flaw. Another reason this movie works like charm is its delectable leads – Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore.

Grant plays a down-and-out ex-boyband member (the opening sequence featuring a cheesy 1980-style music video is a hoot) who is about to get his big break. All he needs to do is write a song for an immensely popular sexy pop star. Enter Barrymore’s character who writes the lyrics. Cue their lovey-dovey moments. Arrange for some tiffs between the two leads. Conclude the movie with some sweet gesture made by the guy to woo back the girl.

That about sums up the 104-minute movie.

This plot is definitely not the most original we have seen, but we somewhat enjoy praising ourselves for correctly predicting what is going to happen next. There is some attempt to go philosophical with Barrymore explaining how people only notices the music at first listen, but will eventually get to know the song better by paying attention to the lyrics. She says that music is like sex while lyrics make you know someone else better.

Now, that is deep.

Good thing the movie ultimately steered back to its original cheesy course by ditching attempts to go heavy on emotions. After all, it is meant to be a go-easy pleasant flick to appeal to the masses.

Then there is the part where the filmmakers threw in several very welcoming tunes like “Way Back into Love” and “Don’t Write Me Off” to entice the romantic die-hard in you. While tunes like “Pop! Goes My Heart!” by Grant is a nostalgic homage to music from the 1980s; “Buddha’s Delight” is a laugh-out-loud parody to today’s techno-zen dance tracks.

The loveable cast is also why this movie is a pleasure to sit through. Grant’s magnetic charisma and Barrymore’s ditsy cuteness make them one of the most appealing on-screen couples ever. Grant’s spouts of witty one-liners also made us chuckle quite a bit. There is also newcomer Haley Bennett, who plays the booty-licious siren ala Shakira. Her fluid gyrates and slinks are a pleasure to the male viewer’s eyes.

Kudos to director Marc Lawrence (Miss Congeniality, Two Weeks Notice), who also wrote the script to this perfect date movie. There is nothing more lovely and enjoyable than spending your time and money on a movie that brings with it smiles and laughs.

Movie Rating:

(A sure-win crowd-pleaser which features charming performances and songs, thanks to the ever-appealing Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore)

Review by John Li

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