Review: Music and Lyrics [2007]

Directed by: Marc Lawrence
Produced by: Marc Lawrence, Melissa Wells, Scott Elias
Written by: Marc Lawrence
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Hugh Grant, Kristen Johnston, Brad Garrett
Music by: Adam Schlesinger

Plot: (wikipedia)
Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant) is a former pop star, whose years at the top of the charts are long behind him. He was a founding member of a highly successful 80’s pop band called POP. During the 80’s and early 90’s with his band POP Alex has enjoyed fame and success. When a current pop star, Cora Corman (Haley Bennett), invites him to record a duet with her, Alex suddenly sees a chance to rejuvenate a career that has been reduced to embarrassing public appearances. However, he is only given a few days to write a catchy song, and is competing with others as well. Unfortunately, Alex hasn’t written anything in years and knows that he will definitely need help with the lyrics. Fortunately, Alex finds that Sophie Fisher (Drew Barrymore), his odd plant lady, is quite the wordsmith.

Sophie, who is on the rebound from a bad relationship, is reluctant to help at first because she lacks self-esteem concerning her writing skills. The reason for this is that a professor she had an affair with wrote a successful book, inspired by Sophie, which made it appear she had no originality in her writing. Eventually, she agrees to collaborate and as the two begin to find the right notes, there are signs of a budding romance. Alex’s chief concern, however, may be to further his career and nothing more. They test their new song by singing it to Alex’s doorman Khan (Aasif Mandvi). Finally, they are able to finish the song and submit it to Cora, but unfortunately she makes large revisions to the song that Sophie does not care for. Sophie becomes insistent on telling Cora about her concerns with the changes, but Alex stops her. This and other problems eventually puts a stop to their budding romance.

In the end, Sophie shows up at the big Cora concert, where Alex performs a different song, dedicated to Sophie and based on their relationship so far. Alex and Cora then go on to perform the original version of the song that he and Sophie wrote together, without Cora’s changes. At the end of the movie during the credits the hit song of the band POP is being played with VH1 Pop-Up video style. During the video it is revealed that Alex and Sophie went on to write 5 top 40 hits after their breakout song that they have written for Cora, and currently they are working on the songs for Alex’s upcoming album.

I Say…

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Drew Barrymore on screen with a movie. Music and Lyrics isn’t really the type of movie that you’d want to watch over and over again, sad to say. Just watching the part when Sophie was about to leave because she thought Alex was a jerk to claim the song they wrote together just for himself gave some flashback of the classic scene from The Wedding Singer where Robbie sings for Julia in the plane. Sorry for the spoiler, but it isn’t really a scene to die for, if you’d ask me. I just expected something more romantic from this tandem. You know, Hugh Grant and sweet looking Drew Barrymore and all… something that could even reach the level of 50 First Dates and Notting Hill.

I don’t want to mock this movie, since Drew is my favorite actress of all time, but I just feel disappointed about Music and Lyrics. The title was great, and when I first saw it, I was really excited to see the film and I said to myself that I’ve got to see her in this movie, more so after I saw that Hugh Grant’s going to be her pair. Well so much for a cheesy Valentine movie. It’s supposed to give you a melting feeling. I wouldn’t argue about their chemistry. It just won’t blend.

Please bear in mind after reading my review that I am also a really huge Drew Barrymore fan and I am very fond of Hugh Grant. I just can’t communicate well with the movie. I don’t need to relate my entire life to a movie to understand… but Music and Lyrics just can’t get through to me. Although the catchy theme “Way Back Into Love” is nice and sweet, it still can’t convince me to like the entire movie. It’s good enough to be on my rack but will never be one of my favorite movies.

Way Back Into Love by Hugh Grant and Haley Bennett
Theme from Music and Lyrics Movie by Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore

I’ve been living with a shadow overhead
I’ve been sleeping with a cloud above my bed
I’ve been lonely for so long
Trapped in the past, I just can’t seem to move on

I’ve been hiding all my hopes and dreams away
Just in case I ever need em again someday
I’ve been setting aside time
To clear a little space in the corners of my mind
All I want to do is find a way back into love
I can’t make it through without a way back into love
Oh oh oh

I’ve been watching but the stars refuse to shine
I’ve been searching but I just don’t see the signs
I know that it’s out there
There’s got to be something for my soul somewhere
I’ve been looking for someone to shed some light
Not just somebody just to get me through the night
I could use some direction
And I’m open to your suggestions

All I want to do is find a way back into love
I can’t make it through without a way back into love
And if I open my heart again
I guess I’m hoping you’ll be there for me in the end
There are moments when I don’t know if it’s real
Or if anybody feels the way I feel
I need inspiration Not just another negotiation

All I want to do is find a way back into love
I can’t make it through without a way back into love
And if I open my heart to you
I’m hoping you’ll show me what to do
And if you help me to start again
You know that I’ll be there for you in the end


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