Pemberley (Lyme Park, Cheshire)

Pemberley (Lyme Park, Cheshire)
Oh, to be in England...

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Music and Lyrics 2007

Music and Lyrics 2007

Music and Lyrics is one of those films which makes me laugh out loud. I first saw this movie on a plane and people were staring at my screen to see what was so funny because I couldn't control my giggles when Hugh Grant started dancing. If you have seen him in Love Actually, you know what I mean.

Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant in Music and Lyrics

Hugh Grant plays a former 1980s pop music idol (think Wham! or Duran Duran) who tries to revive his flagging career by writing a song for the latest teenybopper pop diva. He hits a wall with the lyrics and ends up convincing the girl who waters his plants (Drew Barrymore of course) to collaborate with him. And romance blossoms.

Scott Porter and Hugh Grant as PoP!

If you haven't seen this one and you have one of those evenings where you need a little pick me up and a film that doesn't take itself too seriously, this one is perfect. Especially if you can remember the 1980s!

Drew Barrymore as Sophie Fisher in Music and Lyrics

Drew Barrymore is her usual cheery smiling self with her rays of California sunshine. Hugh Grant is the damp cloud of English fog determined to bring her down. The yin and yang really work here and they look like they had a blast working together. And now for a taste of the slightly cheesy pop lyrics:

I've been living with a shadow overhead
I've been living with a cloud above my bed
I've been lonely for so long
Trapped in the past, I just can't seem to move on

All I want to do is find a way back into love
I can't make it through without a way back into love
And if I open my heart to you
I'm hoping you'll show me what to do
And if you help me to start again
You know that I'll be there for you in the end

Kristen Johnston in Music and Lyrics

Kristen Johnston deserves a shout-out for her wacky role as the sister of Drew's character. A little older, she was apparently a big fan of the group PoP! in the 1980s and I always seem to enjoy her sense of humour.

So here is the trailer with Mr. Grant shaking his booty with a truly ridiculous hairstyle:

I hope that got a giggle out of you. Nobody does that brand of Rom-Com like Hugh Grant! Cheers!


  1. "Gary, i'm going out!!!"...."especially from a man who wears such tight pants" - "it forces all the blood to my heart"
    actors are probably the first and sometimes the only talents to get noticed from a good production but laudations to good writing and good writers and of course all Other Important Contributors.

  2. Thanks for this posting and reminding me of this fabulous film (was it because Drew Barrymore was getting married ... again?).
    This is such an underappreciated film (as evidenced by the dearth of comments here!) It was just such fun - and the music is definitely "pop" music, 'cause it gets stuck in your head - I'm humming it again and that's just from watching the trailer! And anything with Hugh Grant dancing makes me giggle. (Clearly we're related, as we have the same taste in movies!)
    Your niece is currently on a "3rd Rock from the Sun" jag at home (thanks to the PVR), so she'll love seeing Kristen Johnston as a non-alien ... I'm sure that I'll be able to con her into watching it with me!
    Gotta get this out and see it again. It's just too funny!

    Love, Big Sister

  3. Music and Lyrics reminds me of The Proposal with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. Both films are light romantic comedies. But some of the characters and humour seems better suited for the a television sitcom.
    Hugh Grant gets some great lines in this film. Pop Goes My Heart is a catchy tune. Barrymore and Grant have good chemistry, even though there's a generous age difference between the two.




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