Music and Lyrics

  • Directors: Marc Lawrence
  • Producers: Liz Glotzer, Martin Shafer
  • Writers: Marc Lawrence
  • Genres: Comedy, Music, Romance
  • Actors: Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore

Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant) enjoyed considerable fame and success in the 1980s and early 1990s as one of the founding members of the band PoP! – however, after they disbanded, his partner Colin Thompson became a popular solo act, while Alex’s own career nosedived. In recent years he has supported himself by reprising his old hits for middle-aged female fans at high school reunions, county fairs, and amusement parks, but even these minor opportunities are slowly drying up. Alex is given a chance at a comeback when teenaged pop diva Cora Corman (Haley Bennett) commissions him to write a song called “Way Back Into Love” for her new CD which is on the verge of completion, leaving him only days to fulfill her request. However, Alex’s forté is composing music; he always relied on Colin to supply the words, thus complicating matters.

During an unsuccessful attempt at a collaboration, Alex discovers that Sophie Fisher (Drew Barrymore), who waters his plants, has something of a gift for writing song lyrics. Sophie, a former creative writing student reeling from a disastrous romance with her former English professor, Sloan Cates (Scott), who has written a novel based on their relationship that cruelly depicts her as a talentless mimic, has little confidence in her talent and initially refuses, but Alex manages to cajole her into helping him by using a few quickly-chosen phrases she has given him as the basis for a song. Over the next days, Sophie and Alex continue to write “Way Back Into Love”, gradually growing closer, much to the delight of Sophie’s older sister Rhonda (Kristen Johnston), a fan of Alex’s from his PoP! days.

Sophie, intending to start a new life in Florida, reluctantly attends the opening of Cora’s new tour at Madison Square Garden, at which Alex and Cora will debut “Way Back Into Love”. Upon hearing that Alex is singing a new song “written by Alex Fletcher”, Sophie is upset to believe that Alex is stealing credit for her work; however, the song Alex sings is a self-penned plea for Sophie to give their relationship another chance. Touched, Sophie finds Alex backstage, and he confesses he convinced Cora to drop the risqué version of “Way Back into Love” in an attempt to win Sophie back. He and Cora perform the tune as he and Sophie intended it to be sung, and the two songwriters embrace in the wings. The end of the movie reveals that they go on to become successful partners, both in songwriting and romance.

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