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01 March 2007

Movie Queue: 'Music and Lyrics'

Starring: Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, Brad Garrett, Kristen Johnston

First off, I would like to say that I saw this movie with my niece last Saturday. We had a female bonding day and decided to have lunch together and check out a movie. She was born towards the end of the 80's (1989), so needless to say, she got a kick out of the opening scene. If you're a product of the 80's, like I am, you'll get an even bigger kick out of it because it brings back some memories.

Alex Fletcher (Grant) is a washed-up 80's pop star (see picture) who's reduced to gigs at reunions, county fairs and amusement parks. He's given a chance to make a comeback when reigning songstress Cora Corman invites him to write a song and record a duet with her. There's just one tiny--itty-bitty, really--problem: he hasn't written a song in years. Scratch that, he's never written a song. Oh yeah, and it has to be written within a matter of days.

Enter Sophie (Barrymore), his plant lady. When she makes a suggestion regarding some lyrics, Alex immediately hires her on to help him. After some initial protests, she agrees and what ensues is a humorous 72 hr scramble to come up with a song.

I love Hugh Grant movies. His comedic timing is always "spot on":

Sophie: "That's a nice thing to say from a man who wears tight pants."

Alex: "It pushes the blood to my heart."

Romantic comedies suit him and if he ever decides to try to step out of that genre, it could possibly kill his career. The same goes for Drew. The few times she's tried dramatic roles it's never worked for her. She's got a natural flair for comedy and has a warm, endearing demeanor. My favorite movie of hers, hands down, is Never Been Kissed ("I'm not Josie Grossie anymore!") and not because it had hottie Michael Vartan in it. It's not. Really.

And just like in That Thing You Do! the songs--the one they write together and the 80's hit Alex had with his band POP-- are catchy and you find yourself humming them once the movie ends. I'm looking forward to this movie when it comes out on DVD. I bet there are going to be some great bloopers.

Bonus Treat: Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore are actually singing. And they don't sound too bad, either.

Review: 4 1/2 Snaps Up


posted by GeminiWisdom @ 10:32 AM |


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