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Music and Lyrics (2007)
A musical extravaganza which gives a soothing feeling
First I must tell all that I am a great fan of Drew Barrymore (like die-hard fan) and never liked Hugh Grant much. Like many other viewers I never gave the movie much of a chance. In fact I bought the DVD only because of because of Drew. But watching it was pleasant surprise. The best part of the movie was actually "Music & Lyrics" I mean the songs. The title 'way back into love' and 'dance with me tonight' have become my favorites. Like the movie these songs the bring a feeling of pleasantness and calmness. Also must mention that Drew and Hugh have pretty good voice, in fact I liked Drew and Hugh's version of title song more than that by Haley Bennett, maybe their being actors helped them lending more emotions to their voice ,which makes up for their lack of singing talent. Other songs like 'meaningless kiss', 'love autopsy' and 'don't write me off' are quite good.
A small sneak peek in movie.Hugh plays Alex Fletcher who can save his dwindling carrier by composing a song for a major current teen singing sensation (someone like lady gaga), but needs a lyricist.In comes Sophie, Alex's temporary plant girl who has an amazing talent with pen but is dealing with some personal issues and together they create a chemistry and warmth as good as the title song. The movie neither overdoes the comedy or cuteness nor it becomes too slow, a common syndrome by which romantic comedies are plagued. The balance of the movie is fine. Every now and then it manages to make us smile through subtle comic punch but never overcooks it.
Now coming to performances Drew and Hugh were amazing. Their chemistry looked perfect. Drew completely soaks in the role of this extremely vulnerable girl next door very well who is afraid to face her fears and Hugh gelled well in the role of a singer almost finished with singing career trying desperately to make a final dash. Their on screen chemistry is as good as it gets. Other actors like Haley Bennett , Brad Garrett , Kirsten Johnston do justice to their role. Overall it was a nice movie which can be watched with entire family to have a good time. I hope Drew does more movies like this.