Hugh Grant plays Alex Fletcher, an '80s pop-star has been, resigned to appearing at State Fairs and other lackluster events now. When a hugely successful, untalented singer (think Britney Spears) asks him to write a song for her in only three days, his chance of a comeback of sorts is at hand. Needing help, he finds writing talent in the girl who waters his plants, Drew Barrymore! The two have some trials and tribulations while working together, but it's easy to see where they're headed. In fact, the big drawback to the film is that it's far too easy to see where the entire film is going, scene after scene. There is some chemistry at hand, and both Grant and Barrymore are amiable enough, but "MUSIC AND LYRICS" lacks the kind of warmth found in Grant's best films, "LOVE ACTUALLY," "ABOUT A BOY). Still, fans of both will enjoy the film as a light-hearted, decent romantic comedy.
WARNER BROS. has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are solid and vibrant throughout most of the film. Unfortunately, hues vary in quality, with some scenes rendering character's facial color a bit off. Hopefully, the upcoming High Definition format releases will fix his problem.
WARNER BROS. has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While essentially a comedy, one shouldn't expect an aggressive mix, however, because the film is set amidst the music industry, it would have been nice to have a more engulfing mix for music sequences, but even with musical elements pumped up, ambient effects are minimal. Most separation effects are delegated to the front soundstage. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
WARNER BROS. has included deleted scenes(non-anamorphic), a gag reel, featurette and a music video.