Much of its charm has to do with Hugh Grant, who has become one of the most dependable rom-com stars of our time. He still plays a mostly content underachiever, but the affected stutter that served him so well in Four Weddings and a Funeral (and not so well afterwards) has been replaced by a combination of easy confidence and wry, self-deprecating humor. Here he does pretty much all the heavy lifting while his co-star (Drew Barrymore) simply plays her part. The two of them look cute together (yeah, cute – can’t find a better word for it) and manage to get the funny parts perfectly right.
The music is okay. Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore perform their own vocals, and are passable enough singers to make their roles credible.
The highlight, as I mentioned earlier, is the music video that plays over the opening and closing credits – typical 80s pop song, with a hip move that guarantees the necessity of replacement surgery. Grant is amazing in this video – it makes everything he does in the movie funnier, simply because your mind keeps replaying that scene whenever you see him. Barrymore is pretty much overshadowed in this movie; however, I have a soft spot for her so I’ll just blame it on the writing. The girl who plays Cora is spot-on in her imitation of Britney and the like.
On the whole, this isnt like an amazing song that you’ll list among your all-time favourites. But you’ll enjoy listening to it while it’s on.