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Music And Lyrics (2007)

Warner Bros.

Cast: Hiugh Grant, Drew Barrymore.

Rating: PG-13

Run time: 96 mins..

Genre: Romantic

Verdict: Beautiful (see rating system)

OK, guilty - I loved every cheesy minute of this predicatble romantic comedy.

Wait, maybe NOT so predictable. I mean, who would have thought Hugh Grant could sing as well as he does here?

This is awelcome return to form for Grant (reputedly a cranky type in real life) after the dire American Idol spoof American Dreamz, thanks to a much smarter script, honest performances and great chemistry with co-star Drew Barrymore. This gal doesn't get enough credit for her talent.

Grant plays Alex Fletcher, once a big name with the 80s band PoP! (think Wham!), notably in thier biggest hit Pop! Goes My Heart. With his sneaky former partner having gone on to fame and fortune, Alex is now a solo-has been plying the nostalgia circuit.

Suddenly, there's a chance to revive his career when the latest pop sensation Cora Corman (Haley Bennett), who found Pop!s music helpful during her parent's divorce as a child) asks him to write a track for her upcoming CD. There's just one problem - while Alex is great with a tune, he's crap with lyrics. Which is where Sophie Fisher (Barrymore) comes in. She's the accident-prone young lady watering the plants in his apartment and idly singing to herself lyrics Alex finds interesting.

Without giving too much away, musical and romantic lightning strikes, complications set in that might or might not be resolved and a very pleasant 96 minutes passes by.

Worthy of special mention is Brad Garrett, who does a very nice job as Chris Riley, Alex's long-suffering manager.

A making-of featurette, a Pop! video and some deleted scenes are among the extras.

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