Music and Lyrics

Music and Lyrics

Marc Lawrence (2007)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore fail to hit any high notes in this humdrum romantic comedy from writer/director Marc Lawrence (Two Weeks Notice). Grant plays washed-up 1980s pop idol Alex Fletcher, who's competing for the chance to contribute a song to a hot young star's new album. Sadly, lyrics aren't his forte, but his "plant carer" Sophie (Barrymore) proves to have a way with words. After a chucklesome opening that sees Grant doing polite pelvic thrusts à la George Michael in his Wham! heyday, Lawrence runs out of funny ideas. Grant gets his share of snappy one-liners, but his incessant glibness becomes so tiresome that you'll begin to tune him out. His budding relationship with Barrymore is largely unconvincing and it doesn't help matters that she's in constant danger of being upstaged by the vegetation surrounding her. And frankly, the less said about the Stock Aitken Waterman-inspired soundtrack, the better.


A washed-up pop idol is given the chance to write a song for a teenage star - but despite his musical talents, he has never written a lyric in his life. However, the discovery that the woman who looks after his plants has a way with words marks the start of a beautiful relationship. Romantic comedy, starring Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, Brad Garret and Kristen Johnston.

Cast & Crew

Alex Fletcher Hugh Grant
Sophie Fisher Drew Barrymore
Chris Riley Brad Garrett
Rhonda Fisher Kristen Johnston
Sloan Cates Campbell Scott
Colin Thompson Scott Porter
Willy Daniel Stewart Sherman
Khan Aasif Mandvi
Director Marc Lawrence
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 9 Feb 2007