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Issue: Summer 2006-7

Music and Lyrics movie review

Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant) is a 1980s has-been. He survives on old royalties and doing a circuit of amusement parks and reunions. Now he has been given less than a week to write a new song from vacuous pop diva Cora (Haley Bennett) and he's found the perfect partner to write the lyrics - his plant lady Sophie Fisher (Drew Barrymore).

Music and Lyrics begins with a faux 1980s music video, a fun introduction to Alex Fletcher at his short-lived prime. Today he is riding high on his memories, but if Sophie can help him, he can restart his career as a singer/songwriter.

Movie poster, Music and Lyrics; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Music and Lyrics
Share the music with someone you love.

Sophie's dilemma is more complex. She is talkative, shatter-brained and starved of self-confidence. An ex-lover has written her into her best-selling novel, and not in a complimentary way. In order to get her to complete their song, Alex must convince her to rise about her eccentricities and self-doubt.

He is helped in this quest by her sister (Kristen Johnston) and his supportive manager. The result is a heart-warming voyage into love by two strangers, brought together to write a single song.

Not deep, but fun and satisfying.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 14 February 2007
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See also: Marc Lawrence also wrote Miss Congeniality

Just the facts:

Title: Music and Lyrics (2007)
Written by: Marc Lawrence
Directed by: Marc Lawrence
running time: 96 mins
rating: PG

The Players: Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, Scott Porter, Kristen Johnston

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