Music and Lyrics

Music and Lyrics

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Director: Marc Lawrence

Cast: Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, Brad Garrett

     
 

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A professional collaboration between a popular lyricist and a washed-up musician takes a decidedly personal turn as the pair gradually finds their relationship developing into something much deeper in a romantic comedy directed by Marc Lawrence and starring Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant. Alex Fletcher (Grant) may have been all the rage

Overview

A professional collaboration between a popular lyricist and a washed-up musician takes a decidedly personal turn as the pair gradually finds their relationship developing into something much deeper in a romantic comedy directed by Marc Lawrence and starring Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant. Alex Fletcher (Grant) may have been all the rage in the 1980s, but these days he's lucky to get a gig playing at the local county fair. Just when it seems as if things couldn't get any more bleak for the dejected has-been rocker, reigning pop diva Cora Corman (Haley Bennett) offers Alex the opportunity of a lifetime -- write and record a duet to be sung with her and watch his career receive a much-needed boost as the nostalgia-crazed public laps it up. Little does Cora realize that not only has it been years since Alex has written a song, but he's never actually written a single lyric. Now, if he hopes to make the comeback needed to save him from a life of complete and utter obscurity, Alex will have to craft a radio-friendly hit in a matter of mere days. Luckily for Alex, his quirky plant-keeper Sophie Fisher (Barrymore) has quite a way with words and may possess just the kind of songwriting talent needed to make such a hit happen. Unfortunately the beguiling Sophie is still reeling from a recent break-up with newly famous novelist Sloan Cates (Campbell Scott), and she isn't quite sure if she's ready for any kind of collaboration right now -- romantic or otherwise. Despite Alex's hesitation to commit and Sophie's reluctance to collaborate, the pair quickly discovers that a little chemistry can go a long way in healing the wounds of the past and laying the foundation for a much-deserved future of happiness and success.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Marc Lawrence's Music and Lyrics works in large part because the original songs written for the film are as memorable and catchy as any real-life single -- making it pretty easy to accept that these are tunes topping the charts. From the opening video for the new wave era "Pop Goes My Heart," to the "Careless Whisper" knockoff "Meaningless Kiss," to the confessional, intimate love song at the end of the film, Lawrence makes the fictional world of Music and Lyrics pleasingly plausible because the songs always fit their time and place. A handful of songwriters pitched in to compose these tracks, but the standout is Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger -- who provided the same service in Tom Hanks' That Thing You Do!, earning an Oscar nomination for writing the title track (one of the best rock songs ever composed for a movie). The uniformly excellent cast is headed by Hugh Grant, who can mix self-loathing with charm better than anyone else on the planet. He is ideally cast in the role of Alex Fletcher, an Andrew Ridgley-like figure eking out a living thanks to a wave of '80s nostalgia. Grant's nuanced performance conveys both Alex's embarrassment about singing these same songs decades after they were hits, while at the same time exuding the understandable pride he feels for having written such a memorable tune. Drew Barrymore makes a perfect fit for Grant as the sweet but insecure Sophie, creating a tonic for his sarcasm with her natural bubbliness. The two leads clearly know how to carry this kind of movie, and they also get some wonderful color from their supporting cast, including Brad Garrett as a loyal agent, Campbell Scott as Sophie's cold-hearted ex, and Haley Bennett in an impressive debut as a frighteningly plausible composite of every teen idol of the time. Lawrence and company find just enough notes of originality in the romantic comedy formula -- and they put in enough care and craftsmanship -- to make the movie thoroughly enjoyable.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2007
UPC:
0085391112792
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
1:44:00

Special Features

Additional scenes; Gag reel; Noter for note: The making of Music and Lyrics; PoP! Goes My Heart music video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hugh Grant Alex Fletcher
Drew Barrymore Sophie Fisher
Brad Garrett Chris Riley
Kristen Johnston Rhonda
Haley Bennett Cora Corman
Aasif Mandvi Khan
Campbell Scott Sloan Cates
Jason Antoon Greg Antonsky
Matthew J. Morrison Ray
Toni Trucks Actor
Scott Porter Colin Thompson

Technical Credits
Marc Lawrence Director,Screenwriter
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
H.H. Cooper Asst. Director
Scott Elias Co-producer
Hal Gaba Executive Producer
Liz Glotzer Producer
Xavier Pérez Grobet Cinematographer
Nancy Juvonen Executive Producer
Susan Lyall Costumes/Costume Designer
Danny Michael Sound/Sound Designer
Susan E. Morse Editor
Jane Musky Production Designer
Adam Schlesinger Score Composer
Martin Shafer Producer
Ilene Starger Casting
Melissa Wells Co-producer
Patricia Woodbridge Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Music and Lyrics
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19
20. Chapter 20
21. Chapter 21
22. Chapter 22
23. Chapter 23
24. Chapter 24

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Music and Lyrics 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
VinodPalSingh More than 1 year ago
A good light romantic movie and you would fall in love with it. In the age of si-fi and special effects movies an occasional dip in simple romantic and nicely made movie is always a treat. Something to tell to your better half that you still have king size room for romantics ....
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie in the theatre with my x best friend and then I bought it the first day it came out And no it is not one of those VHS tapes that gets played a bunch of times and then gathers dust for a pretty long time when they are not in their cases!!!!!! If you liked the movies, "Sister Act" and "Mr. Holland's Opus" then you will also love this one!!!!!!!!!!!!! ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You'd think this movie was just a dumb chick flick, but boy were you wrong. This is the romantic comedy of the year for both sexes. Drew Barrymore plays the insecure plant water maiden for Hugh Grant when he asks her to write the lyrics for his new hit song. After her retaliation, she gives into him and his white leather pants. The two fall for each other, (dah) but even when the comedy turns romantic, the humor is still strong. Cora, the Britney like pop sensation, demands the romantic "way back into love" ballad hugh & drew wrote and composed open with a sexy middle eastern like anthem while ranting "i've got Shakira breathing down my neck!" Opening to mediocre reviews, millions of Americans missed out on a truly original masterpiece. Now it's on DVD, so don't miss it! If you've ever fallen in love, got dumped, or been a one hit wonder in tight white leather pants, you'll fall for MUSIC & LYRICS.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen this movie over 5 times and I still love it! Hugh Grant puts forth one of the best(i think) preformances of his life in this movie. I would deffinatly suggest it to any 80's music lover!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film was so light-hearted and fun. I loved watching the characters create their hit song together and getting to peek inside the song-writing process. Drew and Hugh had GREAT chemistry. The original songs for the film are so catchy it's almost annoying. Beware: if you watch this film, you WILL get Pop! Goes my Heart! stuck in your head indefinitely, along with Love Autopsy and, of course, Way Back Into Love. Fantastic flick.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love movies featuring clever banter and this filled the bill. Hugh and Drew go together like music and lyrics. I appreciated that the characters were actually kind people (what a concept!). The writing was smart and funny. I laughed out loud more than a few times. Highly recommended if you need a lift.
JL_Garner More than 1 year ago
Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant) is the has-been "other guy" from a defunct 80s pop band named (appropriately) PoP!. Whereas his bandmate Colin has gone on to stardom, riches, and a knighthood, Alex blissfully wanders through a 'nostalgia' career consisting of performances at high school reunions, state fairs, and theme parks. Even that's starting to dry up, though, so Alex jumps at the chance to write a new song for slinky teenage pop tart Cora Corman (Haley Bennett). There's only two catches: he has to write the song in three days, and it was always Colin who wrote the lyrics to their songs. In walks Sophie Fletcher (Drew Barrymore), Alex's quirky substitute plant-waterer, who amazingly possesses the ability to spit out catchy lyrics at the drop of a hat. After much cajoling, Alex convinces Sophie to help him write the song, and so begins a process of stepping in each other's comfort zones as they race to finish the song on time. Of course, along the way they fall in love, though neither wants to admit it. Grant plays the usual charming, self-effacing nice guy we're accustomed to. Surprisingly, for a has-been pop star, he's not all that sleazy, but if Alex were, it would be that much harder to believe the attraction between him and the somewhat naive 31-year-old schoolgirl Barrymore plays. "Everybody Loves Raymond"'s Brad Garrett deadpans his way through the role of Chris, Alex's manager, while "Third Rock"'s Kristen Johnston is a scene-stealer as Sophie's effusive older sister, who still harbors a teenaged crush for Alex. But it's the songs that elevate "Music and Lyrics" from standard romantic comedy fare into something worth multiple viewings. Eight full-length songs were written just for the movie, and while six of them are parodies of either 80s or current pop songs, they were all written to stand on their own. Even more impressive is that Hugh Grant does his own singing, and he's pretty darn good. Not that I'd pay for a CD of original Hugh Grant songs, or pay to see him in concert, but for the purposes of this film, he was really good. (It also kind of makes me wish the producers of "Mamma Mia!" had kept looking when casting about for the role of Sam...)
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