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Music and Lyrics (Widescreen Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]

Hugh Grant , Drew Barrymore , Marc Lawrence    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Grant/Barrymore/Porter/Garrett ~ Music & Lyrics

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Since I complained that neither my wife nor I were reduced to tears by the end game of "Catch and Release," our previous romantic comedy, I can tell you right off the bat that we both cried at the appropriate moment in "Music and Lyrics," which is reason enough to round up on this early 2007 film. But writer-director Marc Lawrence (who scripted both of the "Miss Congeniality" movies) knows that the climax of a good romantic comedy requires a grand gesture of love. We know this not only because he provides one, but also because he sets it up by having a character point out the way you know when somebody is the one for you is when they do something that illustrates passion.

You have to think that Hugh Grant's funny dance through 10 Downing Street in "Love Actually" was an implicit audition for his role here as Alex Fletcher, the keyboard player and composer from the 70's hit group Pop, and if you are looking for a parallel in real world music history I would say think Andrew Ridgeley after George Michaels went solo and you are in the ballpark. We are introduced to Pop at the height of their popularity and the music video of their signature song "Pop Goes My Heart," where Alex and his Colin Thompson (Scott Porter) cavort in post-disco glam pop style. But that was then and now Alex is being courted for an episode of "Battle of the 70's Has-Beens," while Colin is a successful solo act (another reason I round up on this movie is that it refrains from Alex ever meeting Colin, which is a tired cliche in such films). Then Alex has a meet with Cora Corman (Haley Bennett), the pop diva of the moment, who wants him to write a new duet and do it by the end of the week.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable Aug. 6 2007
Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant) from the 1980s band named PoP, needs to write a song within the next few days for Cora Corman (Haley Bennett), an internationally acclaimed singer. Soon Alex meets Sophie Fisher (Drew Barrymore) who apparently has a talent for writing lyrics, but refuses to acknowledge it.

Filled with references to 1980s music bands, this is a light romantic comedy for those fans of such music & lyrics. Drew & Hugh have a nice chemistry, and sing rather well (they did the singing parts themselves). Brad Garrett is just perfect as Alex's manager, and hilarious as always.

A good comedy from start to finish. Never one dull moment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Little Comedy with Catchy Tunes Nov. 23 2010
By Moodywoody TOP 500 REVIEWER
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.
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119 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for a Silly Romance? Yes! Feb. 15 2007
By A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com - Published on Amazon.com
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
editor, HungarianBookstore.com
34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sinfully Good Feb. 23 2007
By MICHAEL ACUNA - Published on Amazon.com
"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.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Captivating! Jan. 5 2008
By J. Arena - Published on Amazon.com
This is a movie that you'll love forever. Hearing any snippet of the score will give you that happy, sappy feeling that only a great romantic comedy can.

Drew Barrymore is precious as only Drew Barrymore can be, and five minutes into the film I forgot that I never really considered myself a huge fan of Hugh Grant!

Music and Lyrics is everything that a romantic comedy is meant to be and then some. This DVD belongs in your collection!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and appealing fun May 8 2007
By Jon Hunt - Published on Amazon.com
From the opening credits, "Music and Lyrics" bounces along and for ninety minutes draws you in to what has to be one of the most charmingly appealing films of the last few years. Everything seems to work here beginning with the simple premise that a has-been songwriter is given a deadline of two days to write a new song for an up-and-coming pop queen...only to discover that he needs a lyricist. And boy, does he find one!

Hugh Grant plays Alex Fletcher, the aging star of the musical group "Pop". With that song deadline looming and down-and-out about his success in completing it on time, in walks Sophie Fisher (Drew Barrymore) to water his plants. What happens from here on out is pure magic as Alex discovers Sophie's natural talent with lyrics. The film sails along, never letting down, as they work together and discover each other.

I've seen "Music and Lyrics" twice and liked it even better the second time. The supporting cast with Brad Garrett as Alex's tortured manager, Kristen Johnston, as Sophie's neurotic-driven older sister and Haley Bennett as Cora Corman, the new pop sensation, are all terrific. The songs are evocative of another age and work well in support of the film. But it is really the chemistry between Grant and Barrymore that wins the viewer over. Perfectly cast, she plays foil to his gentle, persuasive humor and the end result is sheer joy. I highly recommend "Music and Lyrics". It's a refreshingly funny, witty and wonderful film.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY ENTERTAINING ROMANTIC COMEDY! Jan. 6 2008
By ! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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