Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Musical Score By: Rolfe Kent

Distributed by: Silva Screen Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Set in the style of Charles Dickensí A Christmas Carol, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past stars Matthew McConaughey as Connor Mead, high profile photographer with a history of womanizing and an open disdain for marriage.  Forced to attend the wedding of his brother Paul (Breckin Meyer), Connor drives up to the family estate on the day before the wedding and encounters an old flame (Jennifer Garner).  That night he is visited by his dead uncle and former womanizer Wayne (Michael Douglas) who tells Connor that he will be visited by three ghosts (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Present and Future) who will help Connor see the error of his ways before Paulís nuptials take place.  But will Connor end up a changed man and finally marry the woman of his dreams?

            The musical score of Ghosts of Girlfriends Past was created by British composer Rolfe Kent who has worked on a number of musical scores for film, such as 17 Again, Sideways, Mean Girls, Freaky Friday and more.  His approach to creating the musical score for this romantic comedy required Kent to break the characters down into music.  Once he had the musical themes for the main characters, he was able to combine them into a more elaborate and textured musical score.

            The result is a soundtrack that at times sounds a bit exotic but is mostly jazzy in genre.  A majority of the 24 tracks on the album are short and sweet, but the rest of the tracks are quite enjoyable.  Being a fan of jazz music, this soundtrack was just my style.  In fact, I wouldnít be surprised to hear some of the tracks playing on a jazz station where this music would definitely find some appreciation.

            Added to the songs by various artists (sold separately as Ghosts of Girlfriends Past: Music from the Motion Picture), the Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Soundtrack suitís the film perfectly.  Itís not too light and comical and not too serious - a perfect blend for a romantic comedy with a serious message.  Rolfe Kent has not only created a perfect score for a film; he has created a musical score worth listening to as a stand alone music CD.


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