I saw this film at its opening and was not impressed by it. However, here and there throughout the film, I was surprised to hear bits of music cues sounding like Henry Mancini which I learned were written by a seemingly new talent named Sean Baker. Ironically, this guy was only noted during the end credits (it took some time to figure out who wrote these cues). The two other composers who were credited in the main title sequence contributed, in my opinion, very ordinary sounding pop-formula music that you would predict from this type of film. On the other hand, I hope to hear more from Sean Baker in the future as he may be the next Henry Mancini.
He wrote an original song for this film called "It's Christmastime" with lyrics by Peter Oprisko which could rival any cherished Christmas standard like "White Christmas" or "Winter Wonderland". Perhaps Rosemary Clooney should take a stab at it. Although, the talented singer, Heather Metcalf, used in the film version delivered a performance I'm sure Doris Day would be flattered by. Unfortunately, this amazing song was almost nearly hidden behind a dinner/party scene whereas some of the forgettable rock/pop tunes were given undeserved, prominent mix.
Another interesting cue from Sean was written as source radio music for a motel run by an Indian proprietor. Giving into stereotype using the sitar, the Indian flavored melody was given a lounge/cocktail setting that is reminiscent of Mancini's score from "The Party." I guess imitation is flattery. Hey, Blake Edwards, call this guy next time you film your newest comedy flick!
During the art show, listen for his arrangement of "Good King Wenceslas". All I can say is brilliant!
I hope this comes out on DVD someday so that the music can be channeled for Surround 5.1. Maybe then this music will get the mix it deserves! Perhaps they will issue a soundtrack featuring some of these cues by Sean Baker.
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