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Music and Lyrics (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Music, Romance  |  14 February 2007 (USA)
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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 a decent lyric in his life, he sparks with an offbeat younger woman with a flair for words.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Bacon ...
Pop Bass Player
Andrew Wyatt ...
Pop Guitar Player (as Andrew Wyatt Blakemore)
Dan McMillan ...
Pop Drummer
Tom Foligno ...
Has-Beens Promo Announcer (voice)
Brooke Tansley ...
Greg Antonsky


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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Share the music with someone you love.


Comedy | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 February 2007 (USA)  »

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Music and Lyrics by...  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£1,929,058 (UK) (9 February 2007)


$50,562,555 (USA) (11 May 2007)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the record store scene, Alex Fletcher's solo album is beside The Flying Lesbians section. See more »


When Alex and Sophie are in the piano store, and he is trying to convince her to become his lyricist, as he is playing a piano, the camera reveals the inside of the piano, the piano's hammers are not moving even though music can be heard coming from the instrument. See more »


Alex Fletcher: [singing Greg's lyrics] # Give it up, I'm a bad hot witch / I look real good, but I'm a nasty bitch / I'll scream and claw and curdle your blood / But you'll die on your way back into love #
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits the video of 'Pop Goes My Heart' is played with pop-ups similar to VH1's 'Pop-up Video' See more »


Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009) See more »


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Written by Smokey Robinson and Ronnie White (as Ronald White)
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User Reviews

Surprisingly good fun - better than you'd think.
6 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've just read the first review on here and I'm a little surprised at the things it said but as always, these things are only an opinion. Anyway, I went to the World Premiere last night and here's what I thought.

The plot is fairly simple - Hugh Grant plays a washed out 80s pop star with a flair for melodies but no clue about lyrics. Cue the dizzy plant-girl (do people really have a plant-girl??) Drew Barrymore who can throw lyrics together without a problem. The relationship between Drew and Hugh is built well - especially when you remember that Drew is 31 and Hugh is 47. There's nothing wrong with such a gap, I'm simply saying the chemistry is there (or they would have looked a little creepy).

Haley Bennett plays Cora, a Britney/Christina/Shakira mish-mash who is looking to do a duet with Hugh's character. She is brilliant at the shallow, superficial teen-nymphette and it's a surprise to see that it's her first feature. And check out her costumes! The soundtrack is good fun - pretend 80s songs mix with Cora's modern pop and the Hugh/Drew demo track is nice too. One of the songs sounds a bit like The Whitlams. The spoken section at the very start of the film sounded awful but the rest was fine - maybe the cinema's problem but I was in the Odeon Leicester Square....

The editing seemed a tiny bit, er, clunky at times - scenes cut into each other messily and dialogue at one point seemed to be cut short. It hadn't been but it just sounded that way at the time.

I didn't expect to like the film that much - I only went as I fancy Drew to bits (and having seen her close up I'm right to!) but both my girlfriend and I came out laughing and humming the main song. It's genuinely as good as any other Hugh Grant film and is another great performance from Drew (though it doesn't get near Wedding Singer or Doppelganger (joking about Doppelganger)). It's well worth going to see at the cinema and is a proper feel good rom-com. There's no shame in it for us fellas as Drew is nice to look at, as is Haley. My girlfriend loved it.

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