Sunday, May 27, 2007

Music & Lyrics

A pleasureable by-the-numbers Rom-Com, everything from the performances (classic Hugh Grant and classic Drew Barrymore) to the plot points, to the quirky and charming sets, to the pleasantly quirky secondary character and the downright strange and unbelievable peripheral characters -- everything (!) is conventional. The inventional elements of the film which save the film from being too dull to be bearable are the endless signifiers that self-conconciously and ironically refer to eighties kitsch culture and the endless attempts of we-who-came-of-age-then to recover a sense of value and validity.