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Monday, February 26, 2007

GREENLIGHT #114: Music and Lyrics (with "Ever After" and "About a Boy")

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Ann and Les don't sing the same tune for Music and Lyrics (2007.) Les says it was a delightful romp of a movie starring Hugh Grant as a has-been rock star who gets a second chance with the surprising help of a plant-mister played by Drew Barrymore. Ann, on the other hand, thought it was drippy and charmless. She also wonders why anyone would choose two non-musical stars with minimum drawing power to star in a muscial movie. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends Ms. Barrymore in another charming role as a 16th century Cinderella in Ever After (1998.) The movie is doubly delightful because the wicked stepmother is played with much gusto by Anjelica Huston. Ann's rental pick sticks with Mr. Grant in a role in which his "aw shucks" persona was kept in check while he played an aging slacker who decides to find himself a girlfriend by posing as a single father at a single parents support group. But he finds a boy first. Nicholas Hoult plays the boy who thinks Grant is perfect for his mom, played by Toni Collette, though she doesn't agree. However, with the boy's help, Grant does find the character played by Rachel Weisz in the film called About a Boy (2002.)

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