Everything a romantic comedy should have is in this movie: a love song; a male lead who’s handsome, charming and hilarious (it also helps that he’s British); a female lead that’s adorable, but a little crazy; and an unexpected bump in the road followed by an “awww” moment to wrap it all up. Essentially this is a roadmap for the making of a romantic comedy. That’s not to say it’s a bad movie, just that it’s predictable and overly cutesy in the way only romantic comedies can be.
I’m a little biased because I love both Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant, and I think it’s about time two of the highest-grossing romantic comedy actors were in one together. Grant is adorable and always hilarious. His one-liners are what make this movie lovable. Barrymore is, as she always is, the perfect love interest. It’s the perfect way to have a successful romantic comedy – cast Drew Barrymore.
The movie follows washed up 80s pop star Alex Fletcher (Grant) as he tries to live off his former glory. His substitute houseplant waterer Sophie (Barrymore) chimes in with some lyrical suggestions while Alex is working with another lyricist. Together they start to write a love song for the Shakira-esque pop star Cora. Of course, they fall in love along the way and pull each other out of their respective slumps.
Cora is a parody of the pop superstars today. Alex’s manager (Brad Garrett) calls her “bigger than Britney and Christina put together.” She’s more like if Shakira had a younger, more vocally-talented sister that looked exactly like the girl from Everwood.
Garrett is much more entertaining than I’ve seen him on television. Another TV star, 3rd Rock from the Sun‘s Kristen Johnston, plays Sophie’s sister. She’s hilarious, as usual. She’s the overpowering mom & wife with a big crush on the former pop star.
All in all, an enjoyable movie. Sit down with your girlfriends one night and watch it while giggling at Hugh Grant shaking his bum. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have a significant other that’s a songwriter, you might be able to convince him to watch it. If not, tell him Cora’s half-naked most of the time…that should work. Hugh Grant & Drew Barrymore superfans will buy it; the rest of you can get it from Netflix.
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