Chris Willman
July 30, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

De-Lovely - Music From the Motion Picture

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We gave it a C

For the love of God, end the beguine! Plenty of Cole Porter fans will be thinking just that listening to this textbook case of misguided stunt casting, with so many contemporary pop stars stretching in vain to sound ”period.” Worst are the openers on De-Lovely — Music From the Motion Picture: Robbie Williams foists Rat Pack mannerisms on the title song, and Alanis Morissette gasps for breath while feigning a sense of humor in ”Let’s Do It.” Only when a bit actor belts out ”Night and Day” does the de-rapturous side of Porter come through.

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