Music and Lyrics
Release year: 2007
Director: Marc Lawrence
Screenwriter: Marc Lawrence
Starring: Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, Brad Garrett, Kristen Johnston, Haley Bennett, Aasif Mandvi, Scott Porter, Campbell Scott
Washed up 80s pop singer Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant) survives on what’s left of his succes. At the same time as Sophie Fisher (Drew Barrymore) shows up in his apartment to water his plants, he gets the chance of a life time: Write a hit song for popular singer Cora Corman (Haley Bennett). But while Alex wrote the music, his partner wrote the lyrics, leaving Alex needing some help and maybe Sophie can help with more than his plants.
This might be as light weight as it sounds, as predictable and as sugar sweet. But boy, does it make it fun and charming. Grant (About a Boy, 2002) is on top form as the once successful pop singer close to popping a hip when doing his signature dance and with wonderful self irony breathes life into Alex, making him absolutely irresistible. Barrymore (50 First Dates, 2004) is as cute as she always is, making sure we feel for a character that could have been occasionally pathetic in other hands. Add the tall and charismatic Garrett (The Pacifier, 2005) and a great and energetic Johnston (Bride Wars, 2009) and the scene is set for romance to evovle. But the best part is without doubt Alex’s pop career. His performances at carnivals and reunion parties surrounded by smitten middle aged women, the corny song and mediocre dancing and best of all; one of the best fake music videos ever made. It is hard not be as smitten by Music and Lyrics as the women are by Alex.
Martin Fry, from the 1980s band ABC, coached Hugh Grant’s singing while the song were written by various artists. The most famous one ‘Pop Goes My heart’ was written by Andrew Wyatt. You can watch the music video here: