Recently, Balgavy pronounced that he loved the movie Music and Lyrics. As he said, he enjoys watching romantic comedies while eating dinner.
This intrigued a few of us to watch it ourselves. Jim watched it last night and started an e-mail thread today.
Jim: OK, so I watched Music and Lyrics. And I kinda liked it! My favorite part was definitely the PoP video with Jason Street.
Me: i had to stop after 30 minutes. a terrible movie. did like the first 3 minutes though.
Mitch: I'm with Listmaker on this one- Drew is cute and I liked the video too but it was all downhill from there.
Jim: There were definitely some bad and even horrible aspects, but I thought Hugh Grant was funny. And I have always hated him (but I don't know if I've even seen any of his movies). Also, I admit I changed the channel a few times and I was cooking and doing other stuff around the house while watching it so I wasn't paying attention 100%. So that probably helped. But yeah, the 3-minute video was by far the best thing about it. And they played it again at the end credits, which maybe helped my favorable opinion. Honestly, it being a romantic comedy, all of which pretty much make me want to vomit, I only gave it a chance because Marc liked it. I'm just saying it was a little better than I would have expected from any movie like that. But now that you're making me feel crazy for being positive about it at all, I should probably deny that I ever said anything.
Me: oh my god jim, your writing here just convinced me that i liked the movie! shr watched the whole thing - fastforwarded though some of the boring parts. there was absolutely no chemistry between the 2 actors. you should see a good hugh grant vehicle and then compare it to this bad movie. maybe you just like hugh grant and were so pleasantly surprised by that fact that you overlooked how bad the movie was. drew barrymore's sister was hideous.
SHR: i normally poo-poo hugh grant (and french cuffs for that matter) as well, but found him utterly charming in this role. he's aged pretty well and can still shake it.
the amazonian lady from 3rd rock is really really scary. she looks like a crazy version of fergie and i think fergie is already crazy looking herself.
i ffwed through most of the singing parts, and like all of the crazy diapered diva mysticism too. instead of brad garrett as grant's manager, i would have liked to have seen willie garson!
Jim: Yeah that 3rd Rock From the Sun woman is horrible. She should not be in any movie. The "dark" lyricist or whatever was dumb. I liked that one of that girl's songs was called "Entering Bootytown." I think that went a long way for me. What else did I like about it besides that and the video? Honestly now that you are forcing me to think about it, yeah it was bad. But nothing else was on! I was trying to watch yet another Anthony Bourdain eating adventure but decided that I have reached my limit of that for now. I can't watch him eating anymore.
You'll notice in my first e-mail that I said I "kinda" liked it. Really I was just trying to say that Marc isn't totally crazy. But I guess I've failed at that now.
Me: still waiting for marc to chime in with a spirited defense!
Mitch: I'll shamelessly admit that I really like Hugh Grant, and I actually had reasonable expectations for this one. I've made no secret of my feelings about "The Remains of the Day," in which he has a small role, and I also am a sucker for "Four Weddings and a Funeral"whenever it's on USA or whatever channel - but that's also because I like the girl who plays his spunky roommate. OK, and even "Notting Hill" is a guilty pleasure. Maybe we should start a book club for cheesy HBO movies.
Marc: Listmaker - I will not be producing some "spirited defense." What's to defend? I have a weakness for romantic comedies (preferably, time-travel romantic comedies but I'm willing to overlook the lack of a sci-fi element in this film) and you only like them when there is "chemistry" between the leads. In the case of MUSIC AND LYRICS all the chemistry was between Drew and me.She is sensational. She lights up the screen and she's just a bit off, which allows viewers to imagine themselves as her friend - possibly out to save her from herself. I have no intention of ever watching this movie again. I will also note that I found the dialogue rather strong for this sort of movie but I can produce no concrete examples. I recall watching it thinking it is much better than most of the Lifetime For Women shit I normally watch. Perhaps I should have mentioned that I watched this one hungover on a weekend morning. It appealed to me in an "aww, isn't that cute" sort of way. I cannot help it if I have become a person I hate. It's not my fault I now like the cinematical equivalent of kittens dangling from branches posters that tell you to "hang in there."
Jim: You recommended seeing "a good Hugh Grant vehicle," what would you put in that category? Lair of the White Worm?
SHR: Mickey Blue Eyes?
Any other recommendations for Jim?
2 days ago