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Music and Lyrics; Tunes For Two and Two For Words
Making Sweet Music Together.
Music and Lyrics was one of the funniest and most endearing movies of 2007. Here is a romantic comedy that will leave you with a smile on your face, and a song in your heart. This is a modern love story full of wonderful melodic surprises, because the music is superb. Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant give a fantastic performance as two artists haunted by past failures, yet together manage to triumph over their past demons, and somehow fall in love in the process. Definitely one of those great movies to share with the one you love.
The movie begins with Pop has-been, Alex Fletcher (Played by Hugh Grant) who has become complacent at this point of his career, and is satisfied with just living in the past. This all changes when he is offered an incredible opportunity. His manager Chris Riley (Played by Brad Garrett) gives him the great news that Cora Corman (Played by Haley Bennett) who is pop music’s new musical sensation, and fan of Pop, wants to commission a song from him. He meets with Cora, who wants the song to be titled “A Way Back Into Love” and she only gives him a couple of days to write it.
Alex feels greatly discouraged by this daunting task of meeting an impossible deadline. He also has to deal with the fact that although he is good with a melody, he simply cannot turn a phrase. His manager lets him know that his career is in bad need of a shot in the arm and hires a lyricist to help him.
While working on the material for “A Way Back into Love” at his apartment, Alex finds that he is not in sync with Greg (Played by Jason Antoon) whose approach to writing is rather snide and cynical. Sophie Fisher (Played by Drew Barrymore) who happens to be working on his plants at the moment, can’t help but chime in, finishing one of the phrases written by Greg. Alex likes her approach better than Greg’s. Greg then leaves the apartment, disgusted at Alex’s moon in June preferences. Alex then asks Sophie if she would like to be his writing partner. Here is the beginning of the partnership between Alex Fletcher and Sophie Fisher.
Alex tries to persuade Sophie with little success. He then in desperation, invites her to come see him perform at the Hilton hotel. Sophie declines his invitation and leaves. Rhonda, Sophie’s sister (Played by Kristen Johnson) just happens to be a huge fan of Pop. Sophie tells Rhonda that she was invited to see Alex, Rhonda jumps at the opportunity to see Alex perform at the Hilton. She rushes to see him. Hugh Grant is hilarious, as an aging Alex Fletcher, trying to perform at the Hilton. While performing one of Pop's signature hits, his hip goes out on him in front of a bunch of screaming middle aged women.
Rhonda then tries to have a photograph taken of Alex Fletcher and her together, and finally in desperation, decides to just handle the camera herself, while taking the photo. In this scene, Alex is overjoyed to see Sophie, and gives it his all to get her to see how talented she really is. Alex finally persuades Sophie to collaborate with him. They both face demons from their pasts while writing their hit song, "A Way Back into Love" and become not only connected professionally but also start to take a romantic interest in one another.
They then take their masterpiece to Cora. Cora loves the song. Alex and Sophie are exited at the prospect of working with Cora, and are now on top of the world. However, Alex and Sophie's job satisfaction is very short lived because; Cora, much to Sophie’s dismay, wants to make some changes to the song. Alex, being more of a pragmatist, is willing to be more accepting of Cora’s wishes. Alex chooses not to voice any of his objections, instead he chooses to pander to all of Cora’s whims. Sophie, on the other hand, is more idealistic, and believes in the integrity of their art, and has no objection to letting Cora know what she thinks. Alex, realizing that this could jeopardize his golden opportunity, tries to stop Sophie from telling Cora her professional opinion. As a result of their professional differences, there is now a rift in their personal relationship.
One can’t help but wonder at this point, if Alex and Sophie can work their way back into love. Feeling frustrated, they start to remind one another of their past failures. Alex, in frustration, accuses Sophie of being exactly like Sloan's character, Sarah Michaels and Sophie angrily lets Alex know that his musical attempts are empty and lacking in depth. This causes a lot pain. Will this be the end of Alex & Sophie? Thank heaven for Hollywood endings.
Cora has her huge concert, and debuts their new song “A Way Back into Love”. Alex, who is in love with Sophie, writes a song in Sophie's honor and somehow convinces Cora, to keep their hit song, “A Way Back into Love” the way it was originally written. Love wins out. Of course, like all Hollywood endings, Alex and Sophie end up happily ever after with lucrative careers, their nemesis from the past get what they deserved, and all is right with the world.
If you want to enjoy modern love with a Hollywood ending, then Music and Lyrics is one of those cute flicks worth watching.
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