Music and Lyrics

Published August 23, 2011

Music and Lyrics

Film info

  • Title Music and Lyrics
  • Director Marc Lawrence
  • Year 2007
  • Run time 1hr 36m
  • Genres Romance, Music, Comedy
  • Tagline Share the music with someone you love

Alex Fletcher (Grant) was a popular musician 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 bleaker for Alex, reigning pop diva Cora Corman (Haley Bennett) offers him the opportunity to write and record a duet with her and give his career a much-needed boost. Little does Cora realise 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.

Live Blog

Time Comment
1:34 80s music is awesome.
3:59 A happy has-been. I like that.
5:11 Uncomfortable meetings like this should really have kept off lots of hideous TV programmes. I’m not sure this is entirely factual.
6:48 I can’t say that plants make me particularly comfortable.
8:06 Mr C and I always giggle at pro and con lists since watching Paul Rudd in How Do You Know.
10:47 That’s Will Scheuster!
11:52 “If it’s meant to be, it will be. It’s destiny… or not.”
12:47 New old acts all the time. Jeez louise that’s an understatement.
16:51 I’d be like him, storming out at the mush. But I do love her.
20:04 I can so relate to her shock at hearing about an old band she used to love, but I wonder what it would be like to see someone performing after so many years.
22:26 There’s a lot of hip thrusting and saxophone involved in 80s music.
25:37 He googled her!
26:54 He actually played that end bit of the song at least. Yay for pianos!
34:07 It’s amazing how much they are opening up to each other, considering they are practically strangers.
37:07 Morabund!
39:02 She pours the coffee over two cups without stopping. It’s all kinds of wrong!
40:37 Woah, he plays everything!
43:12 So much of that recording process reminds me of Mr C and myself when we first started.
48:55 I wonder what songwriting grime is like.
53:07 I like a fight that ends “my face is in the butter.”
56:07 Her sister will properly die if/when she ends up with him.
57:26 “Should we do pros and cons?”
1:05:55 The sister was excited and not mad. Who knew?
1:08:18 How do people sleep on water beds?
1:14:09 “I want to show you the roof. It’s upstairs.”
1:16:57 It was all going a bit too well.
1:19:52 I can’t believe he said that.
1:29:17 They make awesome sisters, I must say.
1:35:39 I bet really they were like, he’s really not getting the dance, we’re gonna have to go for the piano version instead.


I never would have picked this out to watch really, despite the fact that I do tend to like Hugh Grant in films, and I’ve been loving Drew Barrymore’s work recently. Put the two together and it should be good. That’s the hope, anyways.

Turns out, it was a lot better than I was expecting. Far more of a comedy than a romance. It took them a while to get together, and even though there was an inevitable falling out/making up bit, it really wasn’t dominating the second half of the film. I laughed out loud quite a lot, and I really enjoyed the kookiness of Drew’s character. Hugh played the same character as he has in a gazillion other films, but the partnership between the two was great fun.

Rating: 4/5

Rating: 4 / 5

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