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As romantic comedies go, MUSIC AND LYRICS ($29) probably isn’t going to be on some list someday in the number one position (or anywhere near it), but the film is a cute little charmer thanks to its two stars Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. Grant and Barrymore have good screen chemistry together, plus Grant delivers one of his loosest, goofiest and most likable performances in MUSIC AND LYRICS, which is a really big selling point for the film.

In MUSIC AND LYRICS, Grant portrays Alex Fletcher, half of that 1980’s music sensation PoP!, whose career went into a nosedive, when his partner left the band for a successful solo career. Barely eking out a living playing high school reunions, county fairs and amusement parks, Alex is presented with an opportunity to revive his sagging career, when teen music phenomenon Cora Corman (Haley Bennett) requests that he write a song for her. While Alex is a brilliant composer, he can only come up with the tune, which leaves him in desperate need of a lyricist to come up with the other half of a song. With only a week to produce said song for the pop princess, fate smiles on Alex with the arrival of substitute plant waterer Sophie Fisher at his apartment. As it turns out, Sophie has a knack for turning a pretty phase into song lyrics. What follows is a reluctant song writing collaboration, one which leads to romance and other complications. The cast of MUSIC AND LYRICS also features Brad Garrett, Kristen Johnston, Campbell Scott, Scott Porter, Nick Bacon, Andrew Wyatt Blakemore, Dan McMillan, Tom Foligno, Zak Orth, Brooke Tansley, Daniel Stewart Sherman and Aasif Mandvi.

Warner Home Video has made MUSIC AND LYRICS available on DVD in a 1.78:1 widescreen presentation that has been enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays. Sharpness and image detail are generally quite good, with only the odd shot appearing slightly soft. Colors are warm and vibrant, with natural looking flesh tones. Blacks are pure, whites are crisp, plus the levels of contrast and shadow detail are really quite good. The film elements are free from defects and appreciable grain is usually mild, except for a couple of sequences. Digital compression artifacts remain under wraps.

MUSIC AND LYRICS comes with a fairly standard comedy mix encoded into Digital 5.1 channels of Dolby Digital. As with typical films of this ilk, the forward soundstage is dominant, with the rears supplying little beyond the expected ambient sound and musical fill. However, fidelity is very strong, due to the film’s musical component. The songs sound really good and Hugh Grant has a surprisingly pleasant singing voice. The bass channel gets the job done in regards to the music, but has nothing else to do. Dialogue is clear and easy to understand. French and Spanish 5.1 channel tracks, along with English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as Note For Note: The Making Music And Lyrics, a fluffy thirteen-minute look behind the scenes. The DVD also includes eleven minutes of Deleted Scenes, a Blooper Reel and the complete Music Video for Pop Goes My Heart featuring Hugh Grant.

MUSIC AND LYRICS is a cute little romantic comedy that succeeds based upon the talent and chemistry of its two stars. Warner’s DVD delivers the goods in terms of image and sound quality. If you are a fan of the film’s stars or like romantic comedies, you’ll want to check out MUSIC AND LYRICS.



Music and Lyrics (Widescreen Edition) (2007)



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