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 a decent lyric in his life, he sparks with an offbeat younger woman with a flair for words.
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Benjamin Barry is an advertising executive and ladies' man who, to win a big campaign, bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. Andie Anderson covers the "How To" beat for "Composure" magazine and is assigned to write an article on "How to Lose a Guy in 10 days." They meet in a bar shortly after the bet is made.
Cheery Alex Fletcher lives comfortably in Manhattan off the residuals from his 80's pop success and reprising his hits at school reunions, theme parks, and state fairs. But those gigs are declining, so he jumps at the chance to write a song and record it with reigning teen idol Cora Corman. Trouble is, he's good at melodies but needs a lyricist and has less than a week to finish. Enter Sophie Fisher, subbing for a friend who waters Alex's plants; she's a pretty good poet, quick witted, and could do it, if she'd agree. But there's some sort of shadow over her head that Alex may not be able to charm his way past. And what if they do get a song written, what then? Written by
A charming romantic comedy that entertains from start to finish
Music & Lyrics is a great romantic comedy. Hugh Grant plays the charming English guy role effortlessly as ever and Drew Barrymore demonstrates great comedic timing and brings a sweetness to the part and together, the two have a believable chemistry. The age gap isn't an issue when you watch the movie because it just seems right that these two characters should get together.
What sets Music & Lyrics apart from other rom-coms is the music. The music is woven seamlessly into the fabric of the movie. There are three main characters in Music & Lyrics, Grant's Alex, Barrymore's Sophie and the soundtrack which is enjoyable and deceptively catchy. I came out of the cinema and i had the lyrics to the main song "A way back into love" in my head for hours after the movie had ended.
Mix all this together and throw in great supporting performances from Kristen Johnston & Brad Garrett and you get a sweet movie that will definitely make you smile.
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