Music and Lyrics

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Director: Marc Lawrence
Cast: Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, Haley Bennett
RunTime: 104 mins
Genre: Romance Comedy
Rating: PG

Am I right to say that for romantic comedies, you either love or hate them? For Music and Lyrics, it will be the former.

Although few recent romantic comedies can match the Love Actually or Sleepless in Seattle, Music and Lyrics is quite a charmer though being very predictable. Its element of success? Its cast and music.

Hugh Grant plays a has-been 80s pop star Alex Fletcher with a bad hairdo and tight pairs. His opening number is hilarious, and those like me who live through the Wham era will appreciate its dig of the music culture. A pity Hugh Grant is not THAT popular now after scandals and misses like the musical number American Dreamz.

Drew Barrymore is SINGING! Well, at least she tries. She plays the lyricist and is ever so gorgeous, especially in her white and black dinner dress. Hugh and Drew can't sing for sure. The chemistry between the both of them isn't great, and is odd at times, but at least they look cute together?

The music penned by Adam Schlesinger (who also brought the song That Thing You Do!) is at times cheesy ("I've been looking for someone to shed some light. Not somebody just to get me through the night."), but sweet and reminiscent of the ballads we used to like.

The movie is also about the current music industry. As Cora Corman (newcomer Haley Bennett) who plays a pop sensation dances like an intoxicated pussy with breathless voice, you will see the movie's dig at the likes of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.

Music and Lyrics does not have the best music or lyrics, but its feel-good element will make it a romantic outing post-Valentine.

Music and Lyrics – A romantic charmer for two

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