YMMV / Music and Lyrics

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Alex Only in It for the Money or has he just become jaded after being chewed up and spit out by the industry?
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: When it isn't Stylistic Suck.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Love Autopsy!
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Don't Write Me Off
    • Alex explaining why pop music is so powerful to Sophie:
    You can have all the awards in the world, but none of them will make you feel as good as fast as "I've got sunshine, on a cloudy da-ay..."
  • Ear Worm: Seeing as this is a movie about pop music, this was bound to happen.
  • Face of the Band: Alex is an illustration of what happens to the person on the other side of this trope.
  • Heartwarming Moments: After Cora's Buddhism-inspired version of "Way Back Into Love" causes an argument between Alex and Sophie that results in a brutal "The Reason You Suck" Speech, how does Alex convince Cora to use the original version of the song? By telling her it would win Sophie back. It works, in both cases: Cora uses the original song at the concert and Sophie and Alex get back together.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Watching the movie now, knowing about Lady Gaga, most of Cora's scenes become this.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Cora turns out to be not so bad after all.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Unfortunately, Alex is completely right when he tells Sophie point blank that the music business doesn't care how good you are so long as you sell units and fill seats.
  • The Woobie: Sophie. Before the events of the film, she was in love with Sloan, her English professor, before he had an affair with her while engaged to someone else (without Sophie's knowledge) and when it went sour, he used her image in a bestseller that become a personal nightmare for her, and robbed her of her self-confidence. When they come face to face, Alex has to do the talking for her. The worst part? Alex, in his frustration in Sophie refusing to put together a final verse for the song because she feels she can't, says that Sloan was right in what he said about her. Ouch. He made up for it with his apology in the form of "Don't Write Me Off".