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Director: Mark Lawrence     Starring: Drew Barrymore
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Format: DVD
Sku: 204516582
UPC: 085391112808
UPC 14: 00085391112808
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.

"...appealing...infuses the overall plot with a satire of the music industry, and the pop tunes and lyrics are catchy.  Claudia Puig, USA Today
"A satisfying scoop of audiovisual comfort food.  Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Hilarious, sweetly romantic and as infectious as a great pop song, this one hits all the right notes.  Dan Jewel, Life & Style
"This movie doesn't pretend to be anything more than a cheerful night out, and on that count it scores.  Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"...an unusually witty and intelligent romantic comedy and Hollywood's best Valentine's Day gift in years.  William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Editor's 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.

Features
Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/26/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 104 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2007
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 111280
Video UPC UPC: 00085391112808
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Music and Lyrics - DVD
By: Anne Gilbert filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 4/27/2007 7:26 PM
It's not a complaint when I say that Hugh Grant seems to play the same role over and over these days. It never gets old to watch him play a complete bastard who is also loveable and endearing in his utter self-absorption. It may eventually get tiresome to see the spiky-haired acerbic bloke woo the girl, but it hasn't yet -- and it is certainly an improvement over his earlier, sappy-and-awkward romantic stylings. ...read the full review
Expert Review Music and Lyrics - DVD
By: Ed Perkis Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 5/10/2007 12:55 PM
The best parts of Music and Lyrics are Hugh Grant's witty one-liners about life as a formerly famous 80's pop star. As Drew Barrymore pitches him set-up lines he knocks them out of the park one after the other. Unfortunately, the rest of the movie doesn't quite match up to Grant's comic performance. We've seen this all before and by the time the final kiss rolls around, we're already moving our minds onto something else. ...read the full review
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Brad Garrett
Video Cast Info Drew Barrymore
Video Cast Info Hugh Grant
Video Cast Info Kristen Johnston
Video Cast Info Adam Schlesinger - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Bruce Berman - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Jane Musky - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Marc Lawrence - Director
Video Cast Info Marc Lawrence - Writer
Video Cast Info Patricia Woodbridge - Art Director
Video Cast Info Scott Elias - Producer
Video Cast Info Susan E. Morse - Editor
Video Cast Info Xavier Perez Grobet - Cinematographer

Professional 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

Reel.com 7 of 10
"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." - Gary Goldstein

ReelViews 8 of 10
"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." - James Berardinelli

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