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May 2007

DVD REVIEW: MUSIC AND LYRICS

By Kam Williams

DVD REVIEW: MUSIC AND LYRICS


Actors: Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, Brad Garrett, Kristen Johnston, Campbell Scott
Director: Marc Lawrence
Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Number of discs: 1
Rating: Rated PG-13 for sex content.
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: May 8, 2007
Run Time: 104 minutes
DVD Features:
Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Additional scenes
Gag reel
Note for Note: The making of Music and Lyrics
"PoP! Goes My Heart" music video

   
 

Headline: Hugh and Drew’s Romantic Comedy Released on DVD

Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant) skyrocketed to fame as a lead singer for Pop, a British boy band which enjoyed a string of bubblegum hits back in the Eighties.But at the peak of their success, the quintet went their separate ways and Alex’s career fell apart to the point where he was languishing on the fringes of show business.

Then, just when Alex had resigned himself to life in relative obscurity, a shot at a comeback arrives when Cora (Haley Bennett), the hot, new singing sensation, wants to record a duet with him for her next single. The catch is that the young diva also expects him to write the song.

Alex accepts the challenge, without letting on that he hasn’t composed a tune in years. And because he has never written lyrics, he finds himself looking for a partner to collaborate with. As fate would have it, Sophie (Drew Barrymore), his substitute plant waterer just happens to have an uncanny knack for rhyming almost anything. And judging by the way that Alex and Sophie’s eyes lock when they first meet, it’s a little obvious that they’re fated to fall in love.

This transparent premise provides the fulcrum for Music and Lyrics, a charming romantic romp which happens to be the funniest film of the year so far, its obviousness notwithstanding. The casting of Hugh Grant opposite Drew Barrymore was a stroke of genius both in terms of chemistry and comedy. For his trademark self-deprecating vulnerability serves as the perfect foil for her scatterbrained zaniness, and their witty repartee is reminiscent of the best of the badinage between Hepburn and Tracy.

Between the pithy dialogue and the retro humor which comes at the expense of big hair bands, be prepared to laugh throughout the duration of this delightful date flick.