The somewhat smarmy, frequently self-deprecating charm of Grant is on full display, opposite Barrymore as his sunny romantic foil. Alex (Grant) is the less-successful half (he wrote the music) of a long-disbanded '80s pop duo. Making a decent living on the nostalgia circuit, Alex gets another chance at a hit when current teen queen Cora (newcomer Bennett) wants her one-time crush to write a duet for them. Alex then stumbles onto insecure, would-be lyricist Sophie (Barrymore) and puts her to work. Grant and Barrymore don't make the most convincing romantic couple (she's too young and ditsy) but it's light-hearted fluff, and the pseudo-80s music videos are hysterical.
I wasn't sure what to expect, since I don't really like fluffy romantic comedies all that much, but this one delivered.
Grant and Barrymore have great chemistry...if you like them, you should see this. Barrymore plays the slightly spacey, but sincere girl who's looking for a self-esteem boost after a bad relationship, next to Hugh Grant's corny but lovable aging rock-star 'has been' of the 80s pop group, called (what else), "Pop!".
He discovers her lyrical abilities and they team up to write a big hit for fatuous new teen pop idol (hysterically, yet frighteningly real portrayal here). Kristen Johnson (Third Rock from the Sun) delivers a great role as Barrymore's "Pop!" obsessed older sister. A nice 'feel-good' comedy.