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Rated PG-13 · 96 minutes · 2007

Comedy, Romance
Hugh Grant plays Alex Fletcher, "the other guy in PoP!," an '80s new-wave act that counted among its hits a hammy-and-cheesy ditty called "PoP! Goes My Heart." Alex, still squeezing into tight trousers and singing the oldies, has gone on to a dispiriting life of county-fair and high-school-reunion gigs, but he's offered a second chance when pop star Cora Corman asks him to write the last song on her album -- and, of course, he has less than a week to do it. Alex finds a collaborator in his (yeah, here it comes) interim plant-watering lady, the hypochondriac Sophie Fisher (Drew Barrymore), a moon-June-spoon kind of gal who provides Alex with just the grade-school poetry he needs to compose that last-second hit single. Affable though it can be, Music and Lyrics ultimately feels as though it were made to fit a date on a studio's release schedule, a Valentine's Day bonbon crafted by machines with little thought to casting (Grant looks right but sounds wrong) or purpose. Writer-director Marc Lawrence doesn't seem to have enough faith in the material to go deeper, so his film becomes like everything else on the radio now: forgettable.
Official Site: musicandlyrics.warnerbros.com
Director: Marc Lawrence
Writer: Marc Lawrence
Producer: Marc Lawrence
Cast: Drew Barrymore, Hugh Grant, Sherman Alpert, Jason Antoon, Blake Baxendell, Haley Bennett, Theresa Bennett, Michael Biscardi, Jaclynn Tiffany Brown and Peter Conboy

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