I love this movie! First it has Hugh Grant, second Drew Barrymore, and thirdly (my favorite part) one of the best faux ’80s song/videos ever!
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THAT!
In Music and Lyrics, Hugh Grant is Alex, a washed up pop star hitting up the reunion circuit/fairs to make money but on the lookout for a way to really break back into the music world.
Sophie, Drew Barrymore, becomes his plant waterer and ends up collaborating with him on the song “Way Back into Love”, for pop star Cora Corman.
The two spend a lot of time sharing their inner feelings and old baggage, ultimately falling in love. However in every romantic film that feeling can’t last forever.
It all comes to a head when Cora likes the song, but wants to add her own vibe to it. Sophie doesn’t want Cora to screw up her song and intends to talk her out of it; but Alex keeps her from doing so. He hates the new version as much as Sophie does, but he doesn’t want to lose Cora’s good graces or his chance at hitting the big time. A fight ensues, and the two break up. Alex later tries to make it up to Sophie, but nothing works. She is determined to move to Florida to manage her sister’s store.
Will they get back together, or is it over?
Most Romantic Moment: I Wrote You a “I’m Sorry” Song
It’s the night of the concert and Cora & Alex are going to sing Sophie & Alex’s song. Sophie wasn’t going to go, but is convinced by her sister and niece.
Okay, here comes the big moment! At the concert, Sophie and her sister eagerly await to hear Sophie’s song. But when a new song is announced, they only credit Alex Fletcher as being the writer. Sophie is angry and hurt, gets up to leave, walking out angry and hurt. But on her way out she realizes that this is a different song than the one she helped write.
HE WROTE HER A SONG! He wrote it to say he was SORRY!
It’s so romantic. Almost every girl wants to have a song made just for her. And the fact that he was willing to admit his mistakes in front of everyone; what a man. A real man like that is hard to find.
But that’s not all. As Sophie rushes backstage to thank him and reunite, we learn that he also convinced Cora to sing the song in it’s original format.
Cora Corman: I want you to hear my new single. ‘Way Back Into Love,’ music and lyrics by Sophie Fisher and Alex Fletcher.
Sophie Fisher: What happened to steamy and sticky?
Alex Fletcher: I explained to Cora that it violated the very core of the lyric…and corrupted the purity of the song. When that didn’t work, I told her it would help me win you back. And that did it. Turns out that although she thought the Dalai Lama was, incredibly, a llama…she is, in fact, quite the romantic.
In the end the two are back together, each completing the other. (Figuratively and literally. He is the Music and She the Lyrics.)