Music and Lyrics

2007

Music and Lyrics

Critics Consensus

Music & Lyrics is a light and pleasant romantic comedy that succeeds because of the considerable charm of its co-stars. The music segments featuring Hugh Grant are worth the price of admission.

62%

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68%

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A professional collaboration between a popular lyricist and a washed-up musician takes a decidedly personal turn as the pair gradually finds their relationship developing into something much deeper in a romantic comedy directed by Marc Lawrence and starring Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant. Alex Fletcher (Grant) may have been all the rage in the 1980s, but these days he's lucky to get a gig playing at the local county fair. Just when it seems as if things couldn't get any more bleak for the dejected has-been rocker, reigning pop diva Cora Corman (Haley Bennett) offers Alex the opportunity of a lifetime -- write and record a duet to be sung with her and watch his career receive a much-needed boost as the nostalgia-crazed public laps it up. Little does Cora realize that not only has it been years since Alex has written a song, but he's never actually written a single lyric. Now, if he hopes to make the comeback needed to save him from a life of complete and utter obscurity, Alex will have to craft a radio-friendly hit in a matter of mere days. Luckily for Alex, his quirky plant-keeper Sophie Fisher (Barrymore) has quite a way with words and may possess just the kind of songwriting talent needed to make such a hit happen. Unfortunately the beguiling Sophie is still reeling from a recent break-up with newly famous novelist Sloan Cates (Campbell Scott), and she isn't quite sure if she's ready for any kind of collaboration right now -- romantic or otherwise. Despite Alex's hesitation to commit and Sophie's reluctance to collaborate, the pair quickly discovers that a little chemistry can go a long way in healing the wounds of the past and laying the foundation for a much-deserved future of happiness and success. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Hugh Grant
as Alex Fletcher
Drew Barrymore
as Sophie Fisher
Brad Garrett
as Chris Riley
Kristen Johnston
as Rhonda Fisher
Campbell Scott
as Sloan Cates
Scott Porter
as Colin Thompson
Jason Antoon
as Greg Antonsky
Haley Bennett
as Cora Corman
Nick Bacon
as Pop Bass Player
Andrew Wyatt Blakemore
as Pop Guitar Player
Dan McMillan
as Pop Drummer
Tom Foligno
as Has-Beens Promo Announcer
Zak Orth
as David Newbert
Brooke Tansley
as Janice Stern
Emma Lesser
as Lucy Fisher
Adam Grupper
as Gary Fisher
Spenser Leigh
as Beth Riley
Lou Torres
as Security Guard
Kali R. Harrison
as Stage Manager
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Critic Reviews for Music and Lyrics

All Critics (167) | Top Critics (43)

  • It's more fun than a Spandau Ballet/Tears for Fears concert circa 1985, and I mean that in a good way.

    Feb 20, 2007
  • Light, sweet and agreeably confident

    Feb 20, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • This isn't just a chick flick wallowing in moon-spoon-June levels of Hallmark mush; it's the 'Macarena' of cut-rate rom-coms.

    Feb 17, 2007 | Rating: 1/6 | Full Review…

    David Fear

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • We're clearly deep into romantic-comedy territory here, so it's a good thing we're also in the hands of excellent guides.

    Feb 17, 2007 | Rating: B

    Keith Phipps

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • I don't think the ending is up to the rest of the movie, but Grant and Barrymore are great together, and the movie has both zing and song.

    Feb 15, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Drew Barrymore is that rare movie starlet who can handle the comedy end of romantic comedy, but she coasts through her underwritten role as a goofy plant sitter recruited by Grant to write his lyrics.

    Feb 15, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Music and Lyrics

  • Jun 23, 2011
    One of my favourite rom coms. A must see!
    Bethany M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2011
    I've got to say that this is a really likable movie. Hugh Grant is usually always funny and this was no exception. Drew Barrymore also tends to work well in romantic comedies and make them more than just cheap laughs and heart felt stories. This has a music video in the beginning that is maybe one of the greatest mock of an 80s style band i've seen. While it's outrageously great, it's very fun if you're in the mood.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2011
    It was really cute. Incredibly cliched though. Worth a watch. Grade: C
    Matt G Super Reviewer
  • Oct 11, 2010
    Romantic Comedy with some funny 80's pop music that I thought was so hilarious. Hugh Grant was amusing and Drew Barrymore was adorable in this cute romantic comedy. I enjoyed this one.
    Donna D Super Reviewer

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