Marc Lawrence’s MUSIC AND LYRICS
Directed by Marc Lawrence. Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Johnson.
A has-been 80s pop music heart throb, reduced to playing nostalgia gigs at amusement parks and high school reunions, meets cute with a struggling poet. She just might be able to supply him with lyrics desperately for his tune, commissioned under a ticking deadline for a Christina Aguilera-ish teen sensation. The wickedly witty musical parodies by Adam Schlesinger (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) are surprisingly as catchy as actual hit songs. Music and Lyrics boasts solid characters, whose creative work is meaningful to them, and whose Act 3 argument is NOT about a cascade of avoidable rom com lies. And, as much as we love boyish, stammering Hugh Grant, we love seedy, washed-up Hugh Grant even more.
Wednesday, November 20