In Music and Lyrics, Hugh Grant delivers his typical performance, that in which he plays a cute and likeable bon vivant with a dry sense of humour. It is amazing how he can do the same kind of performance with his characters over and over again, and yet still leave the audience wanting more. His success lies in the fact that he has developed a unique screen persona, say like James Cagney or Clint Eastwood, that audiences can easily remember or identify.
In this film, he plays a singer songwriter who had his glory years in the early 80's, but now earns a living on the cheap nostalgia circuit performing at any event that will have him. He meets up with a young writer, played by Drew Barrymore, struggling to find her own footing in life, and notices that she has a gift for lyrics. This is fortunate, since he has been given the opportunity to write a song for a major pop star, and needs a lyricist to work with him.
This is not a great comedy by any means, but it does deliver a satisfying viewing experience due to its easy going manner. It has some catchy tunes, the odd funny parody, a sweet romance between Hugh and Drew, and some good comedic moments with the funniest part of the film, which is their interactions with the pop star, Cora, played with brilliant and sexy relish by Haley Bennett.
Not a bad way to relax and spend an hour and a half.