Music & Lyrics

PLOT:

Alex Fletcher was one of the founding members of the band PoP!, which achieved fame and enjoyed considerable success during the late 1980s and early 1990s. After they disbanded, his partner Colin Thompson became a popular solo act, while Alex’s career nosedived. In recent years he has supported himself by reprising his old hits for middle-aged female fans at high school reunions, county fairs, and amusement parks.

Alex is given a chance at a comeback when teenaged pop star Cora Corman commissions him to write a song for her new CD which is on the verge of completion, leaving him only days to fulfill her request. Alex’s forté is composing music; he always relied on Colin to supply the words. His manager Chris Riley helps him search for a lyricist, and Alex is in the midst of trying to collaborate with one when Sophie Fisher arrives at his apartment in place of his usual plant caregiver.

Sophie is a former creative writing student reeling from a disastrous romance with her former English professor that left her with little confidence in her talent. When she blurts out a few lyrics Alex finds more appealing than those provided by the pompous writer with whom he’s making no progress, he cajoles her into working with him. There are signs of a budding romance as the two spend the next three days collaborating on “Way Back into Love.”

Cora is thrilled with the completed song and Alex, Sophie, Chris, and his date have dinner to celebrate. At the restaurant Sophie runs into ex-lover Sloan Cates, the creative-writing professor who used her as the basis for the protagonist in his latest best-selling novel. Alex convinces Sophie to confront him, but the speech she prepared for this very moment long ago escapes her as her insecurity rises to the surface and leaves her tongue-tied in Sloan’s presence. She and Alex return to his apartment and consummate their relationship, much to her sister Rhonda’s delight when Sophie confides in her.

Sophie is horrified when she discovers Cora plans to record a sexually-charged interpretation of “Way Back into Love,” complete with a “steamy and sticky” Indian vibe she feels clashes with the romantic spirit of the song. She is determined to convince Cora to abandon the bizarre arrangement, only to find Alex vetoing her efforts for fear he will lose the opportunity to work with Cora and revive his career. In the ensuing argument, he admits Cora’s version is awful but contends accepting it is the cost of doing business. Upset by Alex’s willingness to demean his talent and hurt by his argument that she is refusing to live in the real world, Sophie leaves him.

When Cora’s new tour opens at Madison Square Garden, Alex introduces “Don’t Write Me Off,” a self-penned plea for Sophie to give their relationship another chance. She finds him backstage, and he confesses he convinced Cora to drop the risqué version of “Way Back into Love” in an attempt to win Sophie back. He and Cora perform the tune as he and Sophie intended it to be sung, and the two songwriters embrace in the wings.

REVIEW:

There just aren’t enough films about music. Yes, there are a few, but none have the charm of this one.

Drew Barrymore is giving Meg Ryan a run for her money as the queen of the romantic comedies. She plays the naive, hopeless romancitcness that only she can bring to this role. On top of that, she seems to have natural chemistry with Hugh Grant.

Speaking of Hugh Grant, this is his type of movie, and of course he delivers. He even sings his parts! That’s dedication.

The opening video of this film is one of the things that really sold me on it. A very catchy 80s tune that, had it have been an actual group that released, more than likely would have been a hit.

There’s not much on the negative side I have to say about this film, other than a couple of observations. The first is that I wih Sophie would have eventually gotten the courage to go and stand up to Sloan. Secondly, they talk about  the other member of Pop!, but never show him. I think instead of having Cora sing in the finale with him, that it should have been a reunion. Maybe that’s just me wanting a true happy ending, though.

So, I’m sure many of you are wondering whether I recommend ths or not. Well, the answer is yes. It’s got someting for just about everyone. The music is great. The acting is top notch, and its just a great film.

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

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