Friday, June 29, 2007

Music & Lyrics


From IMDB.com:  "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."

I just finished watching Music & Lyrics and I must say that I have a serious case of the warm and fuzzies.  I have always been a Hugh Grant fan.  I have always been a Drew Barrymore fan.  Even Hugh Grant playing a total bastard I enjoy.  There's just something about him.  Drew Barrymore I have enjoyed watching since ET.  Ms. Barrymore makes think there is hope for Hollywood's current pAArty girls, yet.   I do, however, have to admit when I saw this particular pairing I scratched my head and uttered "WTF?"  
Could it work?  Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore?  Oh yes, it can and it did. 
Grant plays Alex Fletcher, the admitedly washed up 80's popstar who is now making a living playing state fairs and amusement parks.  He gets a call from current teen sensation, Cora, (think a tame version of Britney Spears pre-Kevin Federline) who asks him to write a song for her.  He at first teams with a "professional" lyricist (Grant is more music than lyrics) and is working on the song when in comes Sophie Fisher (Barrymore), temporary plant waterer.  She may drown the plants, but from interesting lyrical ideas.  Lyricist man gets upset, walks out.  Grant convinces Barrymore to stay and help write and they embark on a 5 day adventure writing a hit song for Cora. 
Along the way they begin to see things in each other and attempt and eventually succeed in bringing out the best in each other.  Not without drama along the way, though.   Cora wants to change the song to a "sweaty and sticky" sound complete with bhagra beats, a sitar and beatboxing.  Fisher thinks it's an insult to the song and to the Indian culture and Fletcher is somewhat desperate to make a buck.   The team begins to fall apart but have no fear, warm and fuzzy wins out in the end!
I really enjoyed this movie.  It's been a while since I really enjoyed a romantic comedy.  I have to admit, though, there were moments when I thought it was a bit long or I thought it should have ended.  BUT I wouldn't trade the ending for the world.  And watching the "pop-up video" bit at the end was hilarious.  On top of a good, heartwarming movie, I also have to give a nod to the music team that put together the music for the movie.  The fictional 80's band "Pop" and the at the beginning of the movie captured 80's pop perfectly!  It was infectious and I'll probably have it stuck in my head for a couple of hours.  It made me want to go download some Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Flock of Seagulls or Human League.   It was all around fun. 
I definitely recommend this movie to anyone who is in the mood for a good romantic comedy.

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