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.


Marc Lawrence


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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


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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Did You Know?


As Alex and Sophie are seen entering Cora's studio to see her changes to "Way Back Into Love," Cora's town car (with the license plate 'Cora1') is seen parked in a 24-hour no-parking tow-away zone. When they exit the studio, the town car is missing. See more »


When Alex and Sophie are having breakfast, Sophie's had goes from holding the cup to the cup sitting on the table in the next shot. In one shot her cup disappears altogether. See more »


Cora Corman: [singing] Entering Bootytown/So shake your booty now/'Cause your booty is the way to his heart.
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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 »


Way Back Into Love (Demo Version)
Written by Adam Schlesinger
Produced by Adam Schlesinger and Steven M. Gold
Performed by Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore
[Recorded by Alex and Sophie]
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User Reviews

What a pleasant rom com!
28 May 2019 | by FrenchEddieFelsonSee all my reviews

This is a nice rom com as lighthearted as mesmerizing. First, we feel an alchemy between the two main protagonists, Alex Fletcher and Sophie Fisher, even if these two people seem diametrically opposed, at first glance. This is not a love at first sight, but we see them taming to each other, as the fox and the little prince written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in 1943. Then, I like this constant self-mockery about the cheesy band called Pop, the introduction and last scenes, and the manifold hilarious references of the Battle of the 80's Has-Beens. Finally, the dialogues are excellent with a permanent British humour. Oops... I've almost forgotten: the cast is globally excellent, especially Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore.

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Release Date:

14 February 2007 (USA) See more »

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Music and Lyrics by... See more »


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,623,630, 18 February 2007

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