Pop Duet

Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore make beautiful music together in 'Music and lyrics

Review B

February 14, 2007|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

Hugh Grant, that prince of erotic dither, and Drew Barrymore, that queen of sweetly amorous emotion, generate a rare flirtatious zing in Music and Lyrics, an affable farce about a worn-out '80s singer-composer named Alex Fletcher (Grant) from a band called PoP! Barrymore plays Sophie Fisher, a former writing student who comes to his Upper West Side New York apartment to water his plants and ends up nurturing his creativity and finding her life's work as a lyricist.

This movie doesn't pretend to be anything more than a cheerful night out, and on that count it scores: It will set a happy mood for couples and a lot of singles, too. PoP! is not only the name of Alex's old band but also the brand of Marc Lawrence's bouncy writing and directing style. He keeps the atmosphere percolating with quips and doesn't belabor anything until the crisis that threatens to split up the hero and heroine before they live happily ever after.

Music and Lyrics (Warner Bros.) Starring Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore. Directed by Marc Lawrence. Rated PG-13. Time 96 minutes.

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