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Monte Carlo
(2011)
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Composed and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Tim Simonec

Co-Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
Mark Gasbarro
Nicholaas Tenbroek
Larry Kenton
Andrea Datzman

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(June 28th, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you continue to adore Henry Mancini's 1960's comedy jazz, a sound emulated with great affection and technical precision in this lightweight affair.

Avoid it... if you can only handle that dated Mancini style for short periods, because Michael Giacchino goes overboard with forty cues of short, haphazard parody tributes on a static, tedious album presentation.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,736
WRITTEN 8/8/11
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Giacchino
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Monte Carlo: (Michael Giacchino) Movies like Monte Carlo officially exist to fleece teenage girls of money, but their unofficial reason for existence is the torture of boys and men. It's because of the behavior witnessed in this movie that radical Muslims declare the West full of infidels and launch their jihad activities. It's even a difficult topic for most of the infidels, catering to the whims of teenage girls and their insufferable tendency to snipe at each other for no apparently good reason. Three such little twits from America end up on an awful trip to Paris where the Selena Gomez character is mistaken for a princess and spends the remainder of the movie intertwined with the circumstances of her famous look-a-like. The other girls tag along to Monte Carlo and enjoy the posh environment until they are eventually discovered and chased. Rest assured, however, that instead of being incarcerated and sued to oblivion as they should be, the Americans end up getting away with the charade and manage to hook some suitable young men for (and hopefully of) good measure. With a plotline as vacuous as that, it's no surprise that critics reacted negatively to the flick, but perhaps the more interesting revelation is the relatively poor box office gross to go along with those tepid reviews. Seeing that Monte Carlo only broke about even in theatrical returns, perhaps there's hope for the future of humanity. Teaming with director Tom Bezucha once again after The Family Stone is composer Michael Giacchino, whose career has quickly skyrocketed to fantastic levels since that 2005 score but who must have decided to reward the collaboration as a way of taking a stroll on the easy side for an assignment. Through some of his best known works for the big screen, Giacchino has always seemed to have an affinity for vintage jazz, ranging from the big band sounds of the 1920's to the loungey atmosphere of the 1960's, and Monte Carlo gave him the opportunity to unleash his talents at both ends of that genre without restraint. Undoubtedly, the score was meant as something of a parody, never once really attempting to explore serious dramatic tones in an otherwise spritely and optimistic exposition of short jazzy bursts of flair. The shameless emulation of Henry Mancini's 1960's sound is extremely successful in a technical sense; Giacchino at the very least proves himself impressively proficient at paying tribute to Mancini's recognizable music of yesteryear. Whether the inconsequential score charms you or sends you seeking an alternative with even a trace of testosterone is another matter.



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Average: 2.47 Stars
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* 41 1 Stars
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Not as much about Giacchino, but...
Lawrence Yang - October 6, 2011, at 7:47 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 48:07
• 1. Graceful Exit (0:37)
• 2. What Mom Would Have Wanted (1:00)
• 3. Its Not Magic (0:58)
• 4. Feeling Eiffel (0:59)
• 5. Grace Under Pressure (1:01)
• 6. Mirror Coincidence (0:56)
• 7. The Seduction of Paris (0:58)
• 8. Along For the Ride (1:09)
• 9. Seizing the Moment (0:30)
• 10. The Full Monte Carlo (0:50)
• 11. One Suite Deal (0:37)
• 12. Junk in the Trunks (0:56)
• 13. Ball In (0:53)
• 14. Pairing Up (2:44)
• 15. A Little Horse (s'il vous) Play (0:47)
• 16. Of Another Color (0:53)
• 17. Dressing Up and Dressing Down (1:05)
• 18. Jazz Cafe (1:18)
• 19. Staying Classy (0:54)
• 20. Hotel Keys (1:49)
• 21. You're Goin' Places, Kid (2:11)
• 22. Chasing Emma (0:31)
• 23. Have a Nice Trip (0:43)
• 24. Megsmerized (0:43)
• 25. Cordelia Arrives (1:30)
• 26. Cordelia's Not So Suite (1:09)
• 27. Time to Go (1:27)
• 28. Missing Links (1:21)
• 29. Return Engagement (1:49)
• 30. Protection and (Room) Service (0:27)
• 31. Just Stay Here (0:48)
• 32. I Don't Want to Lose You (0:37)
• 33. It's Too Much (0:50)
• 34. Just a Regular Girl (0:44)
• 35. Almost Everyone is Happy (1:03)
• 36. Separate Ways (3:01)
• 37. Grace Be With You (1:21)
• 38. Of Another Color (Extended Version) (2:49)
• 39. Making Light (3:36)
• 40. Grace's Theme (0:12)

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