John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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Speaking of Music From 20 Years Ago...

Finally, a film kylet and I can both enjoy! :D

I'm referring to Music and Lyrics, a romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore that came out earlier this year, made absolutely no waves whatsoever, and disappeared. However, laurie_robey rented it from Netflix and, as I am a sucker for both romantic comedies and Hugh Grant, I periodically stopped off from working on Suburban Jungle and caught goodish chunks of it, including pretty much all of the last act.

The basic premise is that in the '80s, Hugh Grant was the second banana in a band called "Pop!" (not to be confused with other sound effects, such as "Pow!" or "Wham!"), and when the leader of "Pop!" set off on his solo career, Hugh Grant's character faded into has-beenism ... until one day (and this is the part where Vince comes in) he is approached by a Britney Spears/Christina Aguilera type ("Cora") who wants to collaborate with him on a song, giving his career a much-needed boost.

Only problem is, the reason he was the second banana in the first place, is that he while he's a fine performer he can't compose his way out of a paper bag -- leaving him in a bind unless he can get some help. Enter Drew Barrymore, the woman who takes care of his plants for him and also happens to be a would-be writer and poet.

So yeah, you can probably figure out the plot from here. No real Bellamy, but plenty of snappy dialogue and the good old "boy gets girl / boy loses girl / boy gets girl" formula tried and true. Nevertheless, quite enjoyable. And, well ... the opening sequence makes my inner Brody Coyote go squee. :D

Think I'll be picking up a copy of this one. :)

-The Gneech
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