The Back-Up Plan

Composed by: Stephen Trask

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            New York pet shop owner, Zoe (Jennifer Lopez), has been actively participating in the dating scene for years, but finding “Mr. Right” has not been easy.  Deciding that the search is taking too long and determined to become a mother before she is too old to enjoy motherhood, Zoe decides to have a baby on her own through artificial insemination.  But Zoe is thrown for a loop when, just after her first insemination appointment, she meets Stan (Alex O’Loughlin), a man with “Mr. Right” possibilities.  Discovering that the insemination has been fruitful, Zoe’s attempts at hiding her pregnancy from would-be suitor Stan despite her hormonal difficulties provide the backdrop for many a comedic moment in the film The Back-Up Plan.

            The musical score of The Back-Up Plan was created by American musician,  composer and lyricist Stephen Trask.  Gaining notoriety for his work on the 1998 award-winning musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Trask gained even more notice for his compositional work on such films as the television version of Wuthering Heights, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, In Good Company, American Dreamz, In the Land of Women and more.

            The Back-Up Plan Original Score features an enjoyably light-hearted musical score with some minor dramatic undertones.  The first track, Daydream, sets the tone for the rest of the album.  Lighthearted woodwinds and strings whirl together around an upbeat piano score.  Everything you would expect out of a soundtrack for a comedy about an unexpected whirlwind romance can be found in that first track.  Most of the rest of the soundtrack contains quick, upbeat segments of music meant to enhance the comedic moments of the film. 

            Although a comedy, there are some serious moments in the film and Trask’s compositions created to accompany these scenes contain mostly pianos and strings.  Although more serious in nature, these compositions are not depressing or morose and still possess a light undertone.

            For the most part, The Back-Up Plan is an enjoyable soundtrack that fits perfectly with the film it was created for.  As a stand alone album, it’s enjoyable, but possesses a somewhat repetitive quality in several of the tracks that takes away from the majority of the music.  In my opinion, The Back-Up Plan Original Score is one of those albums that will play second fiddle to the album featuring songs by various artists.  The musical score album contains music best served as an accompaniment to the film rather than as a stand alone album.


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