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MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -2

Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, Brad Garrett, Kristen Johnston, Campbell Scott. Romantic Comedy. Written & directed by Marc Lawrence.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant) is a washed-up 80s pop star whos been reduced to working the nostalgia circuit at county fairs and amusement parks. The charismatic and talented musician gets a chance at a comeback when reigning diva Cora Corman invites him to write and record a duet with her, but theres a problem Alex hasnt written a song in years, hes never written lyrics, and he has to come up with a hit in a matter of days. Enter Sophie Fisher (Drew Barrymore), Alexs quirky plant lady, whose flair for words strikes a chord with the struggling songwriter. On the rebound from a bad relationship, Sophie is reluctant to collaborate with anyone, especially commitment-phobe Alex. As their chemistry heats up at the piano and under it, Alex and Sophie will have to face their fears and the music if they want to find the love and success they both deserve. The film co-stars newcomer Haley Bennett as the young pop-princess Cora Corman.

PREVIEW REVIEW: A pleasant piffle, it comes close to being urbane, like an old Cary Grant/Irene Dunne movie, only without the inspired direction of Leo McCary (The Awful Truth). In other words, its a romantic screwball comedy that could have been more romantic and more screwball. Still, if you can get past fornication handled as casually as filling up the gas tank, then you may find it amusing and somewhat charming.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Castle Rock Entertainment / Village Roadshow Pictures

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Crude Language: Some sexual innuendo.

Obscene Language: The writer avoided obscenity.

Profanity: Oh my god is uttered several times.

Violence: A brief skirmish between two men in a restaurant.

Sex: The couple sleep together within the first two days of meeting. The young pop singer, a space case who mingles Karma, Buddhism, and blatant sexuality, is often seen dancing provocatively in minimal clothing. Risqu dance numbers.

Nudity: None, though the pop-princess and her backup dancers wear revealing outfits.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Social drinking. The male lead refers to drug use in his earlier days.

Other: None

Running Time: 96 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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