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Music and Lyrics (2007)

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

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Nick Bacon ...
Pop Bass Player
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Pop Guitar Player (as Andrew Wyatt Blakemore)
Dan McMillan ...
Pop Drummer
Tom Foligno ...
Has-Beens Promo Announcer (voice)
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David Newbert - TV Executive #1
Brooke Tansley ...
Janice Stern - TV Executive #2
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Ray
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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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song | lyricist | singer | singing | love | See All (97) »

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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

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,875,471, 18 February 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$50,572,589

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$145,896,422
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Trivia

Sophie mentions that her sister, Rhonda, is seven years older. Kristen Johnston is, in fact, 7 years older than Drew Barrymore. (Hugh Grant is 14 years older than Drew.) See more »

Goofs

Early on in the movie when Chris is visiting at Alex's house, it shows them starting to sit down on the couch. The camera changes angles and they are up again, starting to sit down. See more »

Quotes

Chris Riley: So; Cora Corman - how great is that, huh? Do you believe it?
Alex Fletcher: Wait wait wait - is it even a good idea? Pros and cons.
Chris Riley: Pros: she's a huge star. Great publicity. Terrific money.
Alex Fletcher: And cons?
Chris Riley: No matter what you do, in forty years we'll both be dead.
Alex Fletcher: Okay, so huge star, great publicity, terrific money, versus eventual death. Well, I think we have to think about it.
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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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Dance With Me Tonight
Written by Clyde Lawrence
Produced by Josh Deutsch
Performed by Hugh Grant
[Sung by Alex in the amusement park]
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Charming, witty, and lighthearted comedy
3 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

There are already 222 reviews of this movie, so the chances of anyone ever reading this are slim. However, I'm a sucker for a longshot. (so if you read this review, please give it a thumbs up or a thumbs down...I'm curious to know if anyone will ever read this, buried under more than 200 other reviews)

When a friend suggested we rent this movie, my initial reaction was, "NO!! It's a chick flick. And besides, it's got Hugh Grant in it. Those are two really big strikes against it." However, and remember my fondness for longshots, the movie also casts Drew Barrymore in the other lead role. I couldn't resist.

To my complete surprise, both actors were excellent, and Hugh Grant doesn't have a bad singing voice. To be honest, if he and Drew Barrymore wanted to record an album of pop songs, I think it could do quite well. Her strength is that she is perky and funny, and that compensates for lack of trained vocal talent. Sometimes you DON'T want to hear Barbra Streisand.

Here's the quickie plot summary: Hugh Grant was in a popular band of the 1980s, and now he's reduced to playing for embarrassing venues like shopping malls, amusement parks, and High School reunions. When a Britney Spears-type singer wants him to write her new single, his life changes completely, but only due to Drew Barrymore's help.

I now judge movies in part by how my European friends would react to them. I have to admit that some American movies are a little corny, but this movie passed the test with flying colors. A friend from Slovakia not only loved the movie, he insisted on watching the trailers and special scenes.... twice! It was a welcome relief to actually be proud of a Hollywood movie.

I now have new-found respect for Hugh Grant, and my admiration for Drew Barrymore is higher than ever. She sure has a lot of talent for playing someone with pluck and a little bit of endearing wackiness.


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