Adapted from the popular self help book (itself inspired by the television series Sex and the City), this 2009 romantic comedy from director Ken Kwapis (He Said, She Said; Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) looks at the ups and downs of romance as seen through the eyes of nine different individuals. The all-star cast features Ben Affleck, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Bradley Cooper and Scarlett Johansson. As adept with powerful, orchestral scores (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery) as with jauntier, more delicate fare (A Simple Twist of Fate, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), American-born composer Cliff Eidelman hews closer to the latter here, aiming for a subdued accompaniment that consciously eschews the kind of comedy “punch-up” commonly employed in romantic comedies. Light and buoyant, the adult contemporary-influenced cues strike a more incidental pose, setting tone and suggesting mood, allowing the film’s actors greater latitude in evoking emotions. Tracks like the bouncy, playful “No Exceptions,” the breezy, introspective “Sailing,” the mellow “The Pool” and the gently uplifting “Beth’s New Day” all contribute to an uncommonly soothing musical texture.
Prologue / The SignsCliff EidelmanHe's Just Not That Into You