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Music and Lyrics (2007)

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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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Marc Lawrence

Writer:

Marc Lawrence
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Grant ... Alex Fletcher
Scott Porter ... Colin Thompson
Nick Bacon Nick Bacon ... Pop Bass Player
Andrew Wyatt ... Pop Guitar Player (as Andrew Wyatt Blakemore)
Dan McMillan Dan McMillan ... Pop Drummer
Tom Foligno Tom Foligno ... Has-Beens Promo Announcer (voice)
Zak Orth ... David Newbert - TV Executive #1
Brooke Tansley ... Janice Stern - TV Executive #2
Daniel Stewart Sherman ... Willy
Brad Garrett ... Chris Riley
Aasif Mandvi ... Khan
Drew Barrymore ... Sophie Fisher
Haley Bennett ... Cora Corman
Matthew Morrison ... Ray
Jason Antoon ... Greg Antonsky
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Share the music with someone you love.

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Music and Lyrics by... See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Alex Fletcher and Colin Thompson grew up together, but in reality, Hugh Grant (Alex) is almost 19 years older than Scott Porter (Colin). See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Sophie and Alex are celebrating their success after delivering their demo to Cora on the helicopter pad, Sophie is laughing and jumping up and down when the camera is focused on her, but she is completely still when the camera is focused on Alex. This happens throughout their conversation as the camera's focus changes. See more »

Quotes

Greg Antonsky: Maybe you want something more commercial. More Pop-y.
Alex Fletcher: Just hold that thinly veiled insult on second.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

In the original version Sophie enters Alex's apartment asking him if he has a watering pot and telling about the eighty year old German screaming at her. In the German dubbing this old man is French. See more »

Connections

Featured in 20 to 1: Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Meaningless Kiss
Written by Adam Schlesinger
Produced by Adam Schlesinger and Steven M. Gold
Performed by Hugh Grant
[Sung by Alex at the high school reunion]
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Charming, witty, and lighthearted comedy
3 September 2007 | by pachlSee 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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