Film Review: Music & Lyrics

8 Mar

Plot: Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant) is a washed-up ’80s pop star who’s been reduced to working the nostalgia circuit at county fairs and amusement parks. The charismatic and talented musician gets a chance at a comeback when reigning diva Cora Corman invites him to write and record a duet with her, but there’s a problem–Alex hasn’t written a song in years, he’s never written lyrics, and he has to come up with a hit in a matter of days. Enter Sophie Fisher (Drew Barrymore), Alex’s beguilingly quirky plant lady, whose flair for words strikes a chord with the struggling songwriter. On the rebound from a bad relationship, Sophie is reluctant to collaborate with anyone, especially commitment-phobe Alex. As their chemistry heats up at the piano and under it, Alex and Sophie will have to face their fears–and the music–if they want to find the love and success they both deserve.

I really didnt plan to see this tonight but as I had been consistently having a hard time at work recently, I really didnt want to further punish myself to have to sit through the cinema and watch something serious. Tonight I just want something lighthearted, that will give me a few laughs, make me feel good, then go home and have a good night sleep, and that’s exactly what Music and Lyrics was able to accomplish. I thought Hugh Grant did so well in the film and that he can actually carry a tune, and although I normally dont have a problem with Drew Barrymore I think she was miscast here, but then again somehow, I can still look over that flaw and just say this film wasnt that bad after all, just not that good either.

Music & Lyrics: 2/5

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