I heart Drew Barrymore. And I heart Hugh Grant. So, naturally, a movie with both of them in it ought to be solid gold! But, as is the case with Music and Lyrics, it's more of a bronze.
There's a decent script, a nifty cast and a clever premise: Aging pop icon Alex Fletcher (Grant) has one last opportunity to rekindle his fame and enlists his plant waterer, Sophie Fisher (Barrymore), to help pen a song--and yet, there is a disconnect in assembling the pieces properly. An overall lack of chemistry, perhaps.
The story opens with an absolutely hilarious send-up of a 1980s music video of Fletcher's defunct band, Pop! It's so perfectly authentic and hokey that it could've been made by Wham! Sadly, it's followed by a 20-minute stretch in which the script struggles to find any laughs--a dangerously long lull for a romantic comedy.
Grant's finally starting to look a bit aged, and the 15-year gap between the two romantic leads is apparent, but the story picks up steam as it rumbles along, predictably ending on a high note. Campbell Scott (Dying Young) and Kristen Johnston (Third Rock From the Sun) nicely support as a sleazy ex and an '80s pop-addicted dietician, respectively.
There are far better Hugh Grant movies to see--in fact, this may be one of his worst--and yet it's still an OK rental, if for no other reason than to see him repeatedly execute ridiculous boy-band dance moves. :