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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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)  »

Also Known As:

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?


Hugh Grant learned to play piano for the film, and both he and Drew Barrymore learned to sing. However, while you can watch Hugh play on screen, the audio you hear of the piano performance is actually vocal coach Michael Rafter. See more »


Another instrument anachronism: In the video for 'Pop Goes My Heart', the bassist is shown playing a Steinberger Synapse series bass guitar. While aesthetically somewhat similar to Steinberger models in the 1980s, the Synapse line wasn't released until the 2000s. (Also of note: he's playing a right-handed bass left-handed, but this is somewhat common considering that many models of guitar are and have been unavailable left-handed.) See more »


Sophie Fisher: The worst part is, he still has some power over me. I still care what he thinks.
Alex Fletcher: I'm sorry, but how - how can that possibly be? The guy is a jerk.
Sophie Fisher: Well, that's easy for you to say, but...
Alex Fletcher: No, no. He is a jerk! He is a jerk. It's not a question. He is a jerk!
Sophie Fisher: But...
Alex Fletcher: No, he is! He's a jerk! He's a jerk!
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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 »


References American Idol (2002) See more »


Meaningless Kiss
Written by Adam Schlesinger
Produced by Adam Schlesinger and Steven M. Gold
Performed by Hugh Grant
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User Reviews

Charming, witty, and lighthearted comedy
3 September 2007 | by (Illinois) – 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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