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Music and Lyrics (2007)

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Comedy, Music, Romance |

Music and Lyrics is a American romantic comedy film written and directed by Marc Lawrence. It focuses on the relationship that evolves between a former pop music idol and an aspiring writer as they struggle to compose a song for a reigning pop diva.

Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant) is a washed-up former pop star who is attempting to revive his dwindling career by hitching his name to the rising star of Cora Corman (Haley Bennett), a young megastar who has asked him to write a song titled “A Way Back Into Love”. Alex is reluctant to compose again after two decades, but his caring but professional manager tells him that his career is doomed if he doesn’t. During an unsuccessful attempt to compose the song in collaboration with a “very hip, very edgy” lyricist, Alex discovers that the woman who is temporarily watering his plants, Sophie Fisher (Drew Barrymore), has a gift for writing lyrics.

Sophie, a former creative writing student reeling from a disastrous romance with her former English professor Sloan Cates (Campbell Scott) who “forgot” to mention he had a fiancée, initially refuses. Alex cajoles her into helping him by using a few quickly-chosen phrases she has given him as the basis for a song. Over the next few days, they grow closer while writing the words and music together, much to the delight of Sophie’s older sister Rhonda (Kristen Johnston), who happens to be a huge fan of Alex.

Director: Marc Lawrence

Writer: Marc Lawrence

Stars: Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, Scott Porter, Haley Bennett, Kristen Johnston, Matthew Morrison, Brad Garrett

Cast:

Hugh GrantAlex Fletcher
Scott PorterColin Thompson
Nick BaconPop Bass Player
Andrew WyattPop Guitar Player (as Andrew Wyatt Blakemore)
Dan McMillanPop Drummer
Tom FolignoHas-Beens Promo Announcer (voice)
Zak OrthDavid Newbert – TV Executive #1
Brooke TansleyJanice Stern – TV Executive #2
Daniel Stewart ShermanWilly
Brad GarrettChris Riley
Aasif MandviKhan
Drew BarrymoreSophie Fisher
Haley BennettCora Corman
Matthew MorrisonRay
Jason AntoonGreg Antonsky
Jeremy KarsonCharlie
Emma LesserLucy
Kristen JohnstonRhonda
Adam GrupperGary
Charlotte MaierBarbara
Toni TrucksTricia
Lanette WareMia
Campbell ScottSloan Cates
Billy GriffithDerek
Kathleen McNennyGloria
Stevie Ray DallimoreMaitre d’
Spenser LeighBeth Riley
Lou TorresSecurity Guard
Kali R. HarrisonStage Manager
Daniel KaratyChoreographer (as Dan Karaty)
Ben ButlerGuitar Player (Cora’s Band Member)
Rachel GolubSitar Player (Cora’s Band Member)
Conrad KorschBass Player (Cora’s Band Member)
Seth Matthew FaulkDrummer (Cora’s Band Member)
Daniel MintserisKeyboard Player (Cora’s Band Member)
Zak SoulamGuitar Player – Heavy Metal
Chris MossDancer
Christine Ashley DeJesusDancer
Dana DePaloDancer
Gerard HeintzDancer
Antoine ‘Doc’ JudkinsDancer
Nick KenkelDancer
Nina LafargaDancer
Carly LangDancer
Monique GallDancer (as Monique Lea)
Sarah MitchellDancer
Marielys MolinaDancer
Jorge SantosDancer
Seth StewartDancer
Roel SuasinDancer
Reed KellyDancer
Ariana BernsteinGirl at Concert (uncredited)
Marc C. CancassiMan at Concert (uncredited)
Bill ChemerkaConcert Vendor (uncredited)
Michael CieslaParty Guest (uncredited)
Peter ConboyReunion Classmate (uncredited)
Tom CoughlinConcert audience member (uncredited)
Ed CuffeReunion Attendee (uncredited)
Chris J. CullenConcert Goer (uncredited)
Dono CunninghamFather at Restaurant (uncredited)
Jill DeMonstoyGroupie (uncredited)
Stephen DetherageAl-(Concert Shirt Vendor) (uncredited)
David Miguel EstradaMusic Exec at Penthouse Party (uncredited)
Amanda FlorianGirl at Concert (uncredited)
Brianna Leann FlorianGirl at Concert (uncredited)
Tiffany Ashley FlorianGirl at Concert (uncredited)
Cooper GrodinVinny (uncredited)
Johnathan HallgreyPenthouse Party Guest (uncredited)
Katherine Hoskins MackeyMom (uncredited)
Nobuo InubushiConcert Goer (uncredited)
Ivo JuhaniDrunk Party Guest / Dancer (uncredited)
Jeannine KasparGirlfriend of Alex Fletcher (uncredited)
Mark A. KeetonSloan’s Dinner Companion (uncredited)
Linda LeeLoft Party Guest (uncredited)
Bernadette LordsCora Corman Fan (uncredited)
Suzi LorraineNurse (uncredited)
Johnathan MontStagehand (uncredited)
Ralph G. MorseStage musician (uncredited)
Thelma O’LearyConcert Attendee (uncredited)
Michelle RouhaniClass of 87 Alumnus (uncredited)
Robert SciglimpagliaClass of 1987 Alumnus (uncredited)
Lisa Sever-FerraroConcert Goer (uncredited)
Kent SladykReunion Classmate (uncredited)
Jeshua VargasServer (uncredited)
Carlos VelazquezWaiter (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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