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Grant & Barrymore Make Sweet Music Together!!!

by Linda Kellum on 10/20/2012

I thought this was really a great movie!!!! Hugh Grant surprised me with his singing!!!! Drew Barrymore was very sweet just like the girl next door!!!!!!! Perfect date movie!!!!!!! Read More

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A washed up singer is given a couple days to compose a chart-topping hit for an aspiring teen sensation. Though he's never written lyrics in his life, he sparks with an offbeat younger woman with a flair for words.

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Studio Ingram Micro
SKU 204516582
UPC 085391112808
UPC 14 00085391112808
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Composers
Relationships
Romance
Romantic Comedy
Singers
Theatrical Release
Writers
Editors Note
Note Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant) is a cynical and self-deprecating former pop idol (the hilarious opening video introduces his '80s new wave band Pop!) who is now playing the nostalgia circuit, but has maintained enough dignity to turn down an appearance on a "Battle of the '80s Has-Beens" TV reality show. Sophie Fisher (Drew Barrymore) is a gifted writer with deep inferiority issues who's been hired to water Fletcher's plants, and ends up becoming his emergency fill-in lyricist for a song he needs to deliver to teen queen singer Cora (Haley Bennett) in four days. ^Despite this contrived "cute meet," the film, to its great credit, deftly avoids many possible rom-com tropes in favor of organic, character-driven conflicts and comic situations. Alex and Sophie fall in love, struggle over their song, and wrestle with their own respective resistance to romantic happiness, while simultaneously coping with the frustrations of the creative process and the demands of the music industry. The two leads (aided by great comic sidekick turns from Brad Garrett and Kristen Johnston) manage to pull all this off with a lightness of touch that makes the characters' vulnerability appealing and not pathetic. The original songs by Adam Schlesinger (the go-to guy for singer-songwriter film music) is charming and catchy.
Reviews
USA Today 3 stars out of 4 -- "Hugh Grant's has-been pop star in MUSIC AND LYRICS is the ideal fit for the actor's trademark low-key, self-deprecating wit." 02/16/2007 p.1D
Entertainment Weekly "MUSIC AND LYRICS includes some great throwback faux music videos." -- Grade: B- 02/23/2007 p.78-79
Sight and Sound "The couple work well, with Barrymore's more grounded performance enabling Grant, whose role is business as usual, to steal most of the laughs....There is an understated poetry of sorts at work in the film." 04/01/2007 p.72
Film Comment "Grant and Barrymore's] chemistry and comic repartee evoke the lightheartedness of screwball romantic classics of the Thirties and Forties." 05/01/2007 p.77
Directors
Mark Lawrence
Actors
Drew Barrymore
Cast & Crew
Adam Schlesinger - Original Music By
Brad Garrett - Actor
Bruce Berman - Executive Producer
Drew Barrymore - Actor
Hugh Grant - Actor
Jane Musky - Production Designer
Kristen Johnston - Actor
Marc Lawrence - Director
Marc Lawrence - Writer
Patricia Woodbridge - Art Director
Scott Elias - Producer
Susan E. Morse - Editor
Xavier Perez Grobet - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 111280
UPC 00085391112808
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 104 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Reviews
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review "It's a given that most romantic comedies exist in a parallel universe, one that relies on contrivance and coincidence to fulfill its characters' wishes. When done right, it's easy to forgive their far-fetched twists and unlikely attractions and get lost in the fantasy of funny, appealing people falling in love against all odds. Unfortunately, Music and Lyrics is not one of those pictures, but rather an assembly-line rom-com with a setup so artificial it'll test the good will of even the most starry-eyed moviegoers...One final sour note: Kristen Johnston (TV's Third Rock From the Sun), on-hand as Sophie's pushy older sister, is so badly shot she should sue. For someone playing the proprietor of a diet business (rip-snortingly named ""Weight-Not""), she looks positively Amazonian."
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Reviewer Gary Goldstein
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review "One would be justified in approaching Music and Lyrics with a certain amount of skepticism, considering that its writer/director, Marc Lawrence, is perhaps known for foisting two Miss Congenialitys upon the world (although to be fair, he didn't direct either - he just wrote and produced them). Yet, despite the feeble pedigree, Music and Lyrics turns out to be a better than average romantic comedy where the characters click and, unusual for movies of the genre, there are instances when genuine laughter bubbles up. This may be due largely to Hugh Grant, who understands the concept of comic timing and is able to deliver one liner after one liner in precisely the manner necessary to make them funny...The movie fails to achieve a position in the top echelon of romantic comedies, but it resides high enough in the pecking order to be worth a look by anyone with a penchant for the genre."
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
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Claudia Puig, USA Today ...appealing...infuses the overall plot with a satire of the music industry, and the pop tunes and lyrics are catchy.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune A satisfying scoop of audiovisual comfort food.
Dan Jewel, Life & Style Hilarious, sweetly romantic and as infectious as a great pop song, this one hits all the right notes.
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun This movie doesn't pretend to be anything more than a cheerful night out, and on that count it scores.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer ...an unusually witty and intelligent romantic comedy and Hollywood's best Valentine's Day gift in years.

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