FILM : Music & Lyrics - Singing To The Right Tune

From Yahoo Movies - 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 (Haley Bennet) 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 went to see this movie because of two main reasons - Hugh Grant & Drew Barrymore. I find that Hugh is usually entertaining playing charming rakes in a rom-com movies. He got that comic timing and always delivered his lines smoothly. And Drew... well, well, well; I fancied her since, like, err.. Doppelganger! (..remember that one?). So the idea of seeing them together, doing what they do best, is great. And as it turns out, Music & Lyrics (M&L) is quite a charming movie.

M&L turns out to be a better than average romantic comedy where the characters click and, unusual for movies of the genre, there are instances when genuine laughter bubbles up.There is a tendency in romantic comedies to make everything bigger than it needs to be. So we get overamped comedy sequences and a romantic finale so extreme that it pulls us out of the story. Here, both pitfalls are largely avoided. And the ending, while undeniably romantic, shows enough restraint to be satisfying without going over the top. This significance of this should not be underestimated. Plus, when the inevitable romantic complications arrive, they have nothing to do with another man and/or woman and everything to do with morality and ethics.

I believe that romantic comedies often rise or fall based on the stars at their center, and M&L is lucky to have both Drew and Hugh offering their services. The two generate more heart than they do heat, but that's the point. You want to see them together not just because they're adorable, but because you believe that their characters can take each other to a place neither could get to on their own. Credit also should also be given to the lovely supporting cast; Brad Garrett as Alex's manager, the very cute Haley Bennet as Cora Corman (..more on her later), and suprisingly, Campbell Scott who I haven't seen in such a long time (..remember Steve from Singles??).

I should also mention about the music in M&L. The film opens with a sidesplitting '80s-vintage music-video starring PoP!, one-hit wonders singing their bouncy ditty, "Pop! Goes My Heart." (This song and the rest of the movie's new tunes, all frothy fun, were written by Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger.) There's Hugh Grant, face smooth as a newborn's bottom and hair moussed and mussed into a mullet, hip-thrusting to drum-machine rhythms like Andrew Ridgely of Wham! That music-video is so damn funny. There's also this cute little song called "Way Back Into Love", that was sung by Hugh & Drew that serves as a connection between the movie storyline. That song is so infectious, even after three days, I still can't get the melody out of my head! So if you want to hear how good (or bad) Hugh Grant & Drew Barrymore sings, I provided a link down there for you to download.

Music and Lyrics is frequently appealing, often witty, and occasionally funny, but it's not going to convert skeptics and cynics into sentimentalists. If you're thinking of watching a light-hearted comedy, filled with some sugary moments (but not too sweet) and a good story, than I suggest you go and watch this movie with the one you love. I guarantee you will have a good time. The movie fails to achieve a position in the top ranks of romantic comedies, but it resides high enough to be worth a look by anyone with a penchant for some rom-com love.

Links :

'Way Back Into Love' sung by Drew Barrymore & Hugh Grant
a clip of Music & Lyrics in YouTube
Official Site

Here's some pictures of the very lovely, and very cute Haley Bennet who plays Cora Corman in M&L. She's 18 and M&L is actually her debut movie. She's also an inspiring singer-songwriter, currently recording her first album. Check out her MySpace here. Judging from her talent as an actress / singer and her beauty, I think we will hear more from this girl. Enjoy.. :)


  1. Nazim Masnawi said...

    Kalau kau got into a DeLorean and went back in time and jumpa aku seven years ago and told me that "that dude from Four Weddings and a Funeral" would one day be one of my favorite romantic leads, I would have laughed. Tahap karma.

    It all started with Bridget Jones's Diary I guess, and it went into perfection with this movie.

    Love ya, Hugh!

  2. Zack said...



    Tak sangka betul aku. As for me, ko letak ajelah Hugh Grant dalam apa2 filem, gerenti aku takkan tengok, hehe.... That man is like a film repellant!

    PS: Friday afternoon, 300 - show pukul 11.30, Mukhsin lak, pukul 1.30. Memang orang GSC benci kat aku :(

    PS: Nazim Masnawi, Bridget Jones Diary membuka ruang aku utk Colin Firth. Seksi nak mampus. Recently aku tengok Where The Truth Lies pulak. Pergh! (walaupun dia gay dalam filem tu)

  3. Edd Vedder said...

    Are u being sarcastic or not? Aku dah start agree dgn apa yg kau tulis tu, tapi the last sentence - "Love ya, Hugh!" tu membuatkan aku rasa tulisan kau itu berbaur sarcasm. Or maybe you're just being your queer self.

    "That man is like a film repellant!"

    - Adakah sbb muka dia tak jambu dan x pakai eyeliner mcm pompuan atau x pakai glasses membuatkan ko tak suka dia? He's not a film repellant. Film repellant is like, errr, emmm... Craig Sheffer! C'mon, even Nazim, "love" him.

  4. Edd Vedder said...

    Azwan Ali - Now, that is a huge repellant. I hate his guts. Please stop him from doing anything. Please..

  5. Zack said...

    Edd, aku tak suka dia sebab terlebih jambu :P I have my standards, man.

    Another HUGE film repellant - Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Lance Henriksson (sp?) and Steven Seagal. Sekian terima kasih.

  6. Nazim Masnawi said...

    No, Edd. It ain't a sarcasm. I really have an intense man-love with that Brit. His character, Will in About a Boy is like one of the best screen bastards in my book.

    "Another HUGE film repellant - Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, LANCE HENRIKSEN and Steven Seagal."

    Fuck you, semua tu wira aku, okey?! Macamlah fuckin' Wentworth Miller craggy habis! Even akak aku pun sound, "Muka dia okeylah, tapi... cam jambu sikitlah."

    Kalau kau cakap Daniel Craig pun repellant jugak, man, aku bunuh kau! Aku bunuh kau, I tell ya!

  7. Edd Vedder said...

    Van Damme - Hanya 2 orang dlm dunia ni yg boleh buat straight leg split di atas kitchen counter, and Van Damme is one of them. The other one, is that weird looking guy from kumpulan KOOL.. ( swear to God, I saw him do it once in a dance. He almost fainted).

    Dolph Lundgren - He's He-Man ok! The Master of The Universe!

    Lance Henriksen - Don't ever say anything bad about Bishop from Aliens ok. Got that!!

    Steven Seagal - He's.., well he's.. err.. erm, well..OK. He's kinda crap.

  8. Zack said...

    *lari secepat mungkin*

    NM: Aku suka Daniel Craig. And I'm like, almost 79.25% over Wentworth Miller. Aku suka anak2 ikan jambu pakai eyeliners sekarang.

    Edd: Kau. Kenal. KOOL? OMG! Aku kekadang malu nak guna nama Zack sebab salah sorang member dia nama Zack *hangs head in shame*

  9. Edd Vedder said...

    aku taklah kenal as in 'kenal' KOOL. Tapi mamat weird tu selalu buat split camtu bila menari.. Mcm nak terkoyak groin dia aku tgk. I know he's in pain..

    There's a guy in my office who looks exactly like that guy Zack from KOOL. Even though nama dia lain, but everybody call him Zack. Or Encik Rosman. :)

  10. Zack said...

    Enche Rosman Sembilu Kasih ke? kah kah kah!

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