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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

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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.

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Comedy | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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(DVD)

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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As of 2018, Hugh Grant starred in all the four features directed by Marc Lawrence. This one is the second. Grant plays a romantically-involved character in all of the films and is paired with a different actress or actresses each time. See more »

Goofs

Watch the ring on Alex Fletcher's hand. It changes between the middle and ring finger multiple times in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Alex Fletcher: They're aliens, clearly, I have no children.
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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

References V for Vendetta (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Invincible
Written by Andrew Wyatt (as A. Blakemore) and Michael Tighe
Produced by The Druid. and Michael Tighe
Performed by Haley Bennett
[Third song played during the end titles]
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Cheesy and proud of it
12 February 2007 | by Chris_DockerSee all my reviews

Let's face it, often we go to the cinema for a bit of inconsequential fun. In case you were in any doubt, Music and Lyrics kicks off with an 80s-style Wham-like video of a band called as 'PoP'. Firmly tongue in retro-chic, Hugh Grant is Alex Fletcher, the washed-up has-been now playing the nostalgia circuit for middle-aged housewives. He meets bubbly Sophie Fisher (Drew Barrymore) who waters the plants in his apartment but has a knack for writing lyrics. This saves his day when current pop-diva princess Cora asks him to write and record a duet with her.

Chances are you are now reaching for the vomit bag or saying that maybe sounds like quite a giggle. If you can stomach the idea of Hugh Grant singing his own songs and staging a come back then rest assured, this is a very polished and unsubstantial rom-com. He and Drew Barrymore propel the movie with energy, wit and a warm, lovable enthusiasm. While perhaps doing little more than playing new aspects of themselves, it is a delightful performance, and one backed up with catchy songs, a fabulous debut by Haley Bennett (Cora) and a heartfelt, realistic script.

Cora is a sort of teenage megastar, somewhere between Shakira, Britney Spears and a youthful Madonna. Her elaborate stage-shows have a 'Buddhism & thong'(mysticism and sex) philosophy. Here, as with Alex and Sophie, the echelons of the music world seem realistically portrayed. While the matches seem unbelievable at first, by the end of the film we want Hugh and Drew to continue their romance offstage, just as with classic romance films of the 30s, so by any mainstream yardstick, Music and Lyrics is a success. The film is as unpretentious as its two lead actors, makes no great claims, and satisfies Valentine's Day release requirements with a sincerity that takes it a notch above the average cheese. Casting is spot-on, even down to Sophie's older (and much larger) sister, who has similar characteristics and mannerisms. It's easy viewing, and even contains nothing unsuitable for older children. If you want more sophisticated and substantial fare, you probably don't need film reviews to find your way to the nearest art-house cinema or Oscar blockbuster. But for straight enjoyment, Music and Lyrics slides down like a very reasonable glass of rich chardonnay. Silly, formulaic, but rather well done.


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