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Fun With Dick and Jane
(2005)
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Composed and Produced by:
Theodore Shapiro

Conduced by:
Pete Anthony
Bruce Babcock

Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Walt Fowler
Y. Suzette Moriarty

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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Varèse Sarabande
(January 24th, 2006)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you appreciate every instance in which 1970's funk is resurrected with enthusiastic zeal in a modern film score.

Avoid it... if, conversely, you hear funk in your nightmares and expect the contrived Latin and orchestral passages in Theodore Shapiro's score to save you from insanity.
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Fun With Dick and Jane: (Theodore Shapiro) While Hollywood remakes aren't always a good idea, the bevy of dubious corporate failures in real life America during the early 2000's yielded the perfect environment for a revisiting of the 1977 comedy Fun With Dick and Jane. The 2005 revision of the concept starred Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni, both of whom end up out of work and decide to continue their comfortable lifestyle by robbing just about anything. They eventually turn their attention to the CEO at the husband's former employer, an Alec Baldwin character of smarm who squirreled away hundreds of millions of dollars while having taken the massive company under because it cooked its books. As they endeavor to trick him into returning the money to themselves and other former employees, Fun With Dick and Jane becomes the ultimate revenge flick for those who lost their fortunes working for or investing in unviable corporations at the time, and most of the film's best moments involve direct pokes at these inspirational failures. Carrey's antics didn't impress critics, however, and some have argued that his casting added unnecessary stupidity to the otherwise potentially poignant plot. Audiences disagreed, however, making Fun With Dick and Jane one of the more notable holiday success stories at the box office that year. The soundtrack for the movie utilized a wide variety of songs, varying wildly between genre and age. In between these inclusions is a rather predictable but functional parody underscore by Theodore Shapiro, who was making a career for himself at the time by providing glitzy, genre-defying scores for countless B-rate comedy films that occasionally transcended at the box office. As with many of Shapiro's peers in the comedy scoring industry, it's tough to get a feeling for what the composer's personal style of writing is really like; projects like Fun With Dick and Jane force him to emulate others who have come before him and are stylistically all over the map. In this case in particular, Shapiro confessed to following a different procedure when writing the score, declining to wait until the film was finished before writing and recording several sketches based upon the concept and allowing a fair amount of the music to be edited into the film where necessary later. Given that most comedies like this feature an endless parade of very short cues, perhaps there can be no fault assigned to this methodology here.



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Fun With Dick In Jane?
JasonR - February 8, 2012, at 5:42 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 35:27
• 1. Ameribank Robbery (2:28)
• 2. Job Calls (1:06)
• 3. Office Chaos (1:30)
• 4. Black Jack (2:35)
• 5. Main Title (2:36)
• 6. 51st Floor (0:30)
• 7. Jane Quits (0:34)
• 8. Quad Slide (0:19)
• 9. Race For The Job (1:34)
• 10. I.N.S.! (1:30)
• 11. Illegal Immigration (1:38)
• 12. Sleeping Beauty (1:33)
• 13. Got The Yard Back (1:35)
• 14. The Insects Are All Around Us - performed by Money Mark (2:22)
• 15. Need a Good Wheelman (0:33)
• 16. Escape From the Headshop (0:51)
• 17. Bank Plan (1:46)
• 18. Grand Cayman Bank (2:41)
• 19. The Big Stall (1:22)
• 20. Gun Pull (1:49)
• 21. Starbucks Hit (1:00)
• 22. 400 Million Dollars (1:54)
• 23. End Credits (1:41)

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The insert includes a list of performers and a note from the composer about the score.
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