Music and Lyrics

Music and Lyrics
Music and Lyrics
  • PG-13
  • 1h 46m
  • 2007
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Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore star as washed-up '80s pop star with a chance for a comeback and his quirky plant lady with a knack for lyrics. Alex Fletcher has been reduced to working the nostalgia circuit at county fairs and amusement parks. The charismatic and talented musician gets a chance at a comeback when reigning pop diva Cora Corman (Haley Bennett) invites him to write and record a duet with her, but there's a problem--Alex hasn't written a song in years; he's never written lyrics and he has to come up with a hit in a matter of days. Enter Sophie Fisher, Alex's beguilingly plant lady, whose flair for words strikes a chord with the struggling songwriter. On the rebound from a bad relationship with the newly famous novelist Sloan Cates, Sophie is reluctant to collaborate with anyone, especially commitment-phobe Alex. Now, Alex and Sophie will have to face their fears--and the music--to find the love and success they both deserve.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Music & Lyrics is a light and pleasant romantic comedy that succeeds because of the considerable charm of its co-stars. The music segments featuring Hugh Grant are worth the price of admission.
Entertainment Weekly

June 21, 2017
Ebert & Roeper
Richard Roeper

It's more fun than a Spandau Ballet/Tears for Fears concert circa 1985, and I mean that in a good...

March 3, 2019
Chicago Tribune
Michael Phillips

Light, sweet and agreeably confident

March 3, 2019
AV Club
Keith Phipps

We're clearly deep into romantic-comedy territory here, so it's a good thing we're also in the han...

March 3, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Frothy, predictable romcom has some sex.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Music and Lyrics is a 2007 romantic comedy in which Hugh Grant plays a past-his-prime '80s pop star who teams up with Drew Barrymore in both music and love. The biggest concern for parents occurs whenever Cora, the young pop star who has hired Alex to write her next hit song, appears. As a parody of the Britney Spears-style performances of the early 2000s, Cora performs in skimpy clothing, partially exposing her rear end, and at times accompanies her singing with orgasmic moans. There are also other moments of implied sex: Alex and Sophie sleep together, but nothing salacious is shown on-screen (they kiss a few times, but nothing graphic), and Alex gets into a fight with Sophie's ex. The language is mild, and there's not much drinking. The movie revolves around the question of whether it's better to do what others want or to stand up for what you believe in, which is a good one for teens to think about.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:February 14, 2007
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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