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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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Nick Bacon ...
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Pop Guitar Player (as Andrew Wyatt Blakemore)
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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.

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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

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14 February 2007 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$15,875,471 (USA) (16 February 2007)

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

The interior Madison Square Garden scenes were actually shot at Nassau Veterans Memorial Colliseum. This is a smaller venue in Uniondale, New York, on Long Island. See more »

Goofs

During Sophie's first visit to Alex' apartment, while she is using the spray bottle on the cactus, she is holding the spray bottle in her right hand with her first two fingers on the "trigger". In the next shot showing her, she has the side of the first pad of her index finger in her mouth. Holding the bottle in this way, she could not have hit the cactus with the inside of her finger. When she returns for the second visit, a bandage is on the second pad of her index finger. See more »

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Alex Fletcher: I've a strange situation here.
Chris Riley: Oh, you've got a strange situation? I'm at Beth's soccer game with my ex-wife who's here with my ex-gardener. They came on a riding mower.
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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 »

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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.163 (2010) See more »

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Radiation Vibe
Written by Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger
Performed by Fountains of Wayne
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Grant and Barrymore
8 February 2007 | by (atlanta, ga) – See all my reviews

I'm a fan of Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. Their personalities alone are enough to carry a movie. And such is definitely the case with Music and Lyrics. Hugh Grant's self-deprecating, dry sense of humor charms. And Drew Barrymore's slightly daffy girl-next-door shtick lights up the screen. These two could read me an economics book and I'd be entertained.

Music and Lyrics has its moments (campy '80s videos, shots at reality shows and pop divas), but overall, the story isn't as good as its stars. And while I love Grant and Barrymore separately, I'm not sure I love them together. Each of their personalities seems somewhat compromised in Music and Lyrics -- as if Grant's sarcasm and Barrymore's sweetness are both toned down. They meet somewhere in the middle, and it's very pleasant...but it's not as good as it could have been. Music and Lyrics is very much along the lines of Two Weeks Notice (both are written and directed by Marc Lawrence).

Bottom line: it's light fluff with some engaging stars, fun pop culture mockery and a song that will stick with you (like it or not!)


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