Music and Lyrics 2007

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In this witty rom-com, has-been Alex is asked to write a song for a young pop sensation. He grabs the chance but he's a bit weak on words - enter his plant lady who has a way with them. Together they go after song-writing success and find if you want to write the perfect love song, it helps to fall in love!

Starring:
Hugh Grant,Drew Barrymore
Runtime:
1 hour, 39 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Marc Lawrence
Starring Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore
Supporting actors Scott Porter, Brad Garrett, Haley Bennett, Matthew Morrison, Campbell Scott, Kristen Johnston
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By CJR on 16 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
I watched this on the plane and made a complete fool of myself by laughing aloud. Frequently. (Don't you hate it when no one else in the vicinity is wearing headphones?!) It is frothy and would never happen in real life, but isn't that what romantic comedies are all about? Hugh Grant is lovely in this, with none of the usual arrogance associated with his typical characters. Drew Barrymore is as always fabulous if a bit eccentric. I really really enjoyed this and so will anyone who is up for some light-hearted laughs and a bit of romance.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Johnentwistlespout VINE VOICE on 5 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD
I cannot believe I am giving this four stars. I fully expected this to be a Hugh-Grant-Romcom-of-Diminishing-Returns vehicle, but actually this is surprising for a number of reasons; 1) the musical mcguffin isnt a simple mcguffin at all, the plot really is about two people trying to write a song, 2) the songs are actually pretty good and certainly better than most of the dross that turns up in your average "musical", 3) there are some class 80s pastiches and 4)this doesnt follow the simplistic romcom get-together-fall-in-love-split-up-get-back-together template. At the end of the day this is a pretty good nights entertainment and unless you find Mr Grant completely unwatchable then Id give it a go (hats off by the way to Hugh for some pretty good singing). Recommended.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ms Amy E. Robinson on 11 May 2007
Format: DVD
I loved this film. Not only do you hear Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore sing but there are plently of laughs too. The older sister Rhonda provides a lot of them. Also some of the end credits footage give reference to other music facts etc. I loved the irony and the singing.

I am a massive Hugh Grant fan and this film is perfect- I hope I see what the PoP videos for the other songs they performed. PoP is like Wham! Spandau Ballet type group. I don't normally like Drew Barrymore as she always plays strong character ugly duckling into swan roles (Charlie's Angels, Ever After,) ... but in this she is sweet.

I loved the Love Autospy song too. As soon as I watched this film I brought the soundtrack and I listen to it with a smile on my face. Another successful film starring Hugh Grant.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DrBexL on 3 Sept. 2007
Format: DVD
I think that the idea for this film entirely came from the Hugh Grant dancing scene in "Love Actually", which always makes me laugh! It's cheesy, it's fluffy, and it's exactly what you need for a girlie night in. I went to see it the weekend it came out, and we found it exactly what we expected, and came out feeling like we'd relaxed... Totally enjoyable!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com on 15 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD
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 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 delivery 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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Flipper on 2 July 2007
Format: DVD
I really enjoyed this - it was just what the doctor ordered for an afternoon on the sofa with a sore throat, a blanket and some chocolate!

The open sequence was hilarious and boded well and I wasn't disappointed. Hugh Grant was on top form and cast in the sort of role that suits him. The comedy was gentle rather than hilarious but there were several giggle out loud moments.

If you like rom coms/chick flicks then you will probably enjoy this. Nice undemanding viewing ideal for a night in.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Seren Ade HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 16 Nov. 2008
Format: DVD
I didn't have particularly high expectations of this film... but found myself pleasantly surprised. Especially by Hugh Grant's performance as an Andrew Ridgeley-esque 'has-been' 80's pop performer. The pop pastiche elements of this film are really well done - the 80s-styled 'PoP goes my heart' video is a particular gem, but Hugh Grant's 'has-been' character's performances in dismal bookings at high school reunion evenings and local fairs are also well worth watching.

The plot - with Grant's character desperately latching onto his plant waterer (Drew Barrymore) as a lyricist to help him come up with a song to appeal to current hot artist Cora Corman within a very short time frame, and falling in love along the way - is pretty unremarkable rom com fare, though nonetheless appealing enough. But it's the catchy, convincingly styled songs - and most notably Grant's performances - that raise this to above average.
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