Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 2007. Castle Rock Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, Reserve Room, Flower Films. Screenplay by Marc Lawrence. Cinematography by Xavier Perez Grobet. Produced by Liz Glotzer, Martin Shafer. Music by Adam Schlesinger. Production Design by Jane Musky. Costume Design by Susan Lyall. Film Editing by Susan E. Morse.
Marc Lawrence has made a fictional romantic-comedy that explores one possibility, for those of us who have ever wondered, of what happened to the other guy from Wham! Twenty years after his eighties pop band (appropriately named Pop!) was at the top of the charts, Hugh Grant lives a modest life playing local amusement parks and the odd high school reunion, not in the least embittered by the fact that his former George Michaelesque musical partner went solo and is currently hitting the heights of multi-platinum solo albums and movie deals. Grant receives the comeback chance of a lifetime when the most popular entertainer in the world, a stupid and untalented (I wasn’t sure if Britneyesque was a word) singer, asks him to write her a brand new song…by the end of the week. Should he live up to the challenge, Grant will get back in the game, but he’s only a musician and needs a lyricist. Enter plant-waterer Drew Barrymore, who accidentally spills a few rhymes during one of Grant’s attempts at song writing and proves herself to be a wallop of a lyrical talent. Things proceed as expected from there, and while Lawrence’s script indulges in far too much familiar stuff, it does have enough fresh star power to keep it going smoothly until the end. Barrymore is, as usual, irresistible, while Grant’s easygoing charm is used to great effect. They’ve both been in much better movies, though, so don’t expect this one to be anything special.