Insofar as there is one, the story of Music and Lyrics concerns Fletcher’s attempt to regain his former fame by writing a pop song for a hot young singer, Cora Corman (Haley Bennett), who likes to writhe around on stage like Shakira. Fletcher can write melodies, but he needs a lyricist, and it just so happens that his plant-watering servant Sophie (Drew Barrymore) has a knack for rhyming as she waters.
I spent much of the movie mystified as to why Drew decided to be in this lame flick. She already embarrassed herself by starring opposite Adam Sandler in 50 First Dates in 2004, so perhaps Hugh Grant looked good in comparison, but there’s still the basic problem that her role has very little substance. In his
So, will Sophie find her self-esteem? Will Alex find his mojo again in the crass world of the contemporary music business? Would you like to watch Hugh Grant rotate his pelvis multiple times while singing fake pop songs in front of swooning middle-aged American women at an amusement park? Grant has the occasional witty line, such as his description of his performance before a fat farm as a “dietetic