Director: Vicky Jenson
Soundtrack released as download
Clip from Track 6. Main
After graduating from college, Ryden Malby (must be an anagram
for something..) is unable to get a job and has to move back in with her "wacky"
family. Here Michael Keaton excells beyond call of duty as the father, launching
into the full routine of borderline psychotic and thereby destabilising the
film's focus on the rather bland heroine. An equally dull supporting cast (except
Jane Lynch, who also appears to be outclassing the script) and a predictable
plot plus routine direction make this forgettable stuff. It might have been
merely that but for the shameless opening promotion of MySpace by sister company
Fox that leaves one feeling the joke is on the viewer.
Beck's score, like the choice of pop items, is unsurprising.
He keeps the orchestration light, the pacing brisk, but without any sense of
drama to underscore, and action all too brief and fumbled, the result is only
a bookmarker score that does what it says on the tin and nothing more. 2009
had better Beck scores released, mostly because they were pegged to better films.
Pleasant, clever, sweet, but nothing that makes it stand out.
Bearing in mind the functional scoring on film, it is nice to
see that 6 minutes made it to the soundtrack release, although seemingly only
as a download. Draw the three tracks together and one has a mildly diverting
suite, with the benefit that the unadventurous choice of pop tracks may be left
unpurchased in the process.
MP3 ALBUM TRACK LISTING
1. Pony (It's OK) [Erin McCarley]
2. Don't give me a hard time [The Locarnos]
3. Take what you take [Lily Allen]
4. One day [Jack Savoretti]
5. What happened to it [The Bird And The Bee]
6. Main titles [Christophe Beck] (2'03")
7. Always where I need to be [The Kooks]
8. The Queen and I [Gym Class Heroes]
9. Turn back around [Lucy Schwartz]
10. Happerman & Browning [Christophe Beck] (2'05")
11. Wake the sun [The Matches]
12. Brand new day [Joshua Radin]
13. Si señor [Control Machete]
14. I say I go [Kevin Drew]
15. Ryden & Adam [Christophe Beck] (2'11")
Music editor: Fernand Bos
Score recorded and mixed by Casey Stone
Score coordinator: Jake Monaco
"Pony (it's ok)"
Written by Erin McCarley, Jamie Kenny
Performed by Erin McCarley
Courtesy of Universal Republic Records
"Don't give me a hard time"
Written by Joshua Brooksbank, Elliott Marchent, Henry Drysdale, James Sinclair
Performed by The Locarnos
Courtesy of South West Recordings
"The Queen and I"
Written by David Katz, Travis McCoy, Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo, Matthew McGinley,
Performed by Gym Class Heroes
Courtesy of Fueled By Ramen / Decaydance / Atlantic
"Wake the sun"
Written by Shawn Harris, Miles Hurwitz, the Matches
Performed by The Matches
Courtesy of Epitaph
"Go down, Moses"
Written by Fermin Caballero Elizondo, Raul Chapa Elizalde, Jason Roberts
Performed by Control Machete
Courtesy of Universal Music Latino
"I say I go"
Written by Kevin Nicholas Drew
Performed byK. Drew
Courtesy of Nicholas Kides
Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn, T. S Eliot
Performed by Julie Glaze
Produced by Jeff Cardoni
Written by Silvana Kane, Adam Popowitz, Toby Peter
Performed by Pacifika
Courtesy of Six Degrees Records / Universal Motown Records
"Jesuita en chihuahua"
Written by Jeremy Sweet, Marc Ferrari
Performed by Joaquin Rodriguez, et al
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari / MasterSource
Written by Jack Savoretti, Rick Barraclough
Produced by Marc Dauer
Written by Holger Beier, Camilo Lara
Performed by Mexican Institute of Sound
Courtesy of Nacional Records
"I can't do this by myself"
Written by Jose Miguek Contreras
Performed by By Divine Right
Courtesy of Linus Entertainment
Written by Louie Schultz, David Vanacore
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
"Always where I need to be"
Written by Luke Pritchard
Performed by The Kooks
Courtesy of Astralwerks
"What happened to it"
Written by Inara George, Greg Kurstin
Performed by the bird and the bee
Courtesy of The Blue Note Label Group
"Pop goes the weasel"
"Take what you take"
Written by Lily Allen, Iyiola Babalola, Darren Lewis
Performed by Lily Allen
Courtesy of Capitol Records
"Try it again"
Written by Randy Fitzsimmons
Performed by The Hives
Courtesy of Interscope Records
"Brand new day"
Written and performed by Joshua Radin
Courtesy of mom & pop music
Written and performed by Yael Naim, David Donatien
Courtesy of Tot Ou Tard / Atlantic / Warner Music France
"Turn back around"
Written, performed and courtesy of Lucy Schwartz
Written by Jack Savoretti, Rick Barraclough
Performed by Jack Savoretti
Produced by Rick Barraclough