Music & Lyrics

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Music & Lyrics ★★½ 2007 (PG-13)

The somewhat smarmy, frequently self-deprecating charm of Grant is on full display, opposite Barrymore as his sunny romantic foil. Alex (Grant) is the less-successful half (he wrote the music) of a long-disbanded ‘80s pop duo. Making a decent living on the nostalgia circuit, Alex gets another chance at a hit when current teen queen Cora (newcomer Bennett) wants her one-time crush to write a duet for them. Alex then stumbles onto insecure, would-be lyricist Sophie (Barrymore) and puts her to work. Grant and Barrymore don't make the most convincing romantic couple (she's too young and ditsy) but it's light-hearted fluff, and the pseudo-80s music videos are hysterical. 106m/C DVD, Blu-ray Disc, HD DVD . US Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, Brad Garrett, Kristen Johnston, Aasif Mandvi, Campbell Scott, Haley Bennett; D: Marc Lawrence; W: Marc Lawrence; C: Xavier Perez Grobet; M: Adam Schlesinger.