Sunday, July 01, 2007
Music and Lyrics
It’s no secret that we watch quite a few romantic comedies around here. MUSIC AND LYRICS is a good one. Hugh Grant plays a washed-up Eighties pop star, half of a Wham!-like duo whose partner goes on to a successful solo career while Grant’s character is reduced to playing state fairs and amusement parks. He gets a comeback chance when a current pop star asks him to write a new song for her, but he needs someone to write lyrics to go with his music. Who better than the eccentric young woman who comes to his apartment to take care of his plants? She’s played by Drew Barrymore, and yes, it’s a “meet cute” scenario, but if you can get past that, the script by Marc Lawrence (who also directed) is smart and funny and contains some nice observations about the nature of creativity, along with clever shots at various aspects of the music business, past and present, and pompous professors turned literary novelists. The music is pretty good, too. Hugh Grant is charming (as usual), Drew Barrymore is cute (as usual), and this is one of those movies set in a clean, friendly, romantic New York City. Not a great film, but one that does exactly what it sets out to do, and I enjoyed it.