Music and Lyrics

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Music and Lyrics (2007) is a romantic comedy film starring Hugh Grant as Alex Fletcher, a washed-up 1980s pop star and Drew Barrymore as Sophie Fisher, a former English literature university major. It tells the story of their efforts to write a song for singer Cora Corman (Haley Bennett), and their subsequent romance.

Dialogue

  • [Recording their song demo, Sophie practically whisper-sings her lines.]
Alex: Just a little bit louder, 'cause this song is intended for humans.
  • [Alex and Sophie are trying out their song on the doorman.]
Alex Fletcher: [singing] I've been sleeping with a clown above my bed... [Normal] "Clown" is not right.
Sophie Fisher: That's "cloud". Why would you put a clown in your bed?
Alex Fletcher: Let me tell you it would not be the first time.
  • Alex Fletcher: [while performing] Girls, tell me something... Are these pants a bit too tight?
  • Alex Fletcher: I like your roof. It's good that its upstairs
  • Alex Fletcher: The best time I've had in the last fifteen years was sitting at that piano with you.
Sophie Fisher: That's wonderfully sensitive... especially from a man who wears such tight pants.
Alex Fletcher: It forces all the blood to my heart.
  • Alex Fletcher: My face is in the butter.
  • Alex Fletcher: You look like a worried little doggy.
Sophie Fisher: Ruff.
  • Cora Corman: I'll show you the roof. It's upstairs.
  • Alex Fletcher: [Hails taxi] She's going to have a baby!
Sophie Fisher: [Taxi continues driving away] Hey! What if it were true?
  • Alex Fletcher: Theoretically, I could pick you up because I will be taking a cab.
Sophie Fisher: I could be standing outside at 9:40 in bright orange clothes, so you wouldn't miss me...
Alex Fletcher: Oh, good, you'll get some road work done while you wait, then.
  • Alex Fletcher: [Sophie moves a chair] What are you doing, you madwoman, you're wrecking my apartment!
Sophie Fisher: Well, I can't write sitting all the way across the room.
Alex Fletcher: No, go back to your corner!
Sophie Fisher: ...Fine, all right.
[goes, leaving the chair where she moved it]
Alex Fletcher: I'm blocked. How am I supposed to get out?
Sophie Fisher: Go out the other side.
Alex Fletcher: But... but... I've never been out the other side.
  • Sophie Fisher: Are you trying to tell me that you enjoyed that orgasm set to the "Gandhi" soundtrack?
  • Alex Fletcher: People wait their whole lives to see an ex when things are going really good. it NEVER happens. You could make relationship history!
  • Alex Fletcher: [start of Way Back Into Love Demo Version] Way Back Into Love, take one.
Sophie Fisher: I-uh-I'm getting really nervous.
Alex Fletcher: You'll be fine, just use your normal, nice voice that I've heard... so much over the last three days.
Sophie Fisher: It's like, ugh, my throat's closing up. It's, like, anaphylactic. [cough]
Alex Fletcher: It's fine, it's just a three-minute song.
  • Alex Fletcher: Anybody see 'Battle of the 80's Has-Beens' last night? That Debbie Gibson can take a punch.
  • Sophie Fisher: [hits her head on piano] OW!
Alex Fletcher: Yes, I think she's up now.
  • Alex Fletcher: The few syllables you got out were absolutely devastating.
  • Alex Fletcher: We could even re-pot the ficus.
  • Alex Fletcher: You seem angry - click your pen!
  • Alex Fletcher: It doesn't have to be perfect. Just spit it out. They're just lyrics.
Sophie Fisher: "Just lyrics"?
Alex Fletcher: Lyrics are important. They're just not as important as melody.
Sophie Fisher: I really don't think you get it.
Alex Fletcher: Oh. You look angry. Click your pen.
Sophie Fisher: A melody is like seeing someone for the first time. The physical attraction. Sex.
Alex Fletcher: I so get that.
Sophie Fisher: But then, as you get to know the person, that's the lyrics. Their story. Who they are underneath. It's the combination of the 2 that makes it magical.
  • Alex Fletcher: I have great insight. I'd use it on myself only I don't have any problems.
  • Alex Fletcher: You're Cole Porter in panties. Of course, having said that, Cole Porter probably did wear panties.
  • Sophie Fisher: Are you OK?
Alex Fletcher: Yeah, yeah, I'm fine. It's just my Pop! hip. It comes from years of doing our patented dance move. My God, I've suffered for my art.
  • Sophie Fisher: [talking about Alex's solo album] I bought it... the last copy.
Alex Fletcher: Right, well, I insist on paying you back immediately. $9.99 right? Do you have a penny?
  • Alex Fletcher: Are you single?
Rhonda Fisher: I've been married 16 years, but nothing's set in stone, right?
  • Alex Fletcher: They're aliens, clearly, I have no children.
  • Sophie Fisher: [while over-watering the same plant] I mean we're so close. We're just not there yet. We have to stay focused and stay... you know completely understanding of what we're trying to say.
Alex Fletcher: [walks over and takes the plant away from her] Ok, you may now start killing the next one.
  • Sophie Fisher: Well, you know, I feel a little guilty about something.
Rhonda Fisher: [Dry] How unusual for you.
Sophie Fisher: Okay, listen, I have to tell you this; I met that guy from that band you used to like, Alex Fletcher from 'Pop!'?
[Rhonda freezes, overcome, and begins hyperventilating]
Rhonda Fisher: Omigod!
Sophie FIsher: [Not noticing, continuing to ramble] Anyway, I do Jane's plant service, y'know, I'm taking over for her while she's gone, and anyway she does his apartment. And so I was there - actually, it was the second time - and he invited me to see him come perform tonight -
Rhonda Fisher: GARY I'M GOING OUT!!!
[Rhonda runs out, babbling excitedly]
Sophie Fisher: [Nonplussed] ... That really wasn't the end of the story, but...

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