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Pay It Forward
(2000)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Bill Bernstein

Orchestrated by:
Thomas Pasatieri
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Varèse Sarabande
(November 7th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you enjoyed Thomas Newman's distinctly unusual rhythmic sound for both American Beauty and Erin Brockovich.

Avoid it... if you are strictly a collector of the composer's robust orchestral works.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #654
WRITTEN 12/9/00, REVISED 7/8/08
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Pay It Forward: (Thomas Newman) Aspirations of numerous Academy Award nominations were initially expected out of Pay It Forward, but a mixed response from critics and tepid showing at the box office killed those chances. Director Mimi Leder matured from her association with Dreamworks and Steven Spielberg for this project, a film significantly smaller in scope than her only previous two feature credits. Its story was an answer to the many negative films about American suburbia popular at the time, using optimism and goodness as means of reinventing that suburbia into something that people could leave the theatre and still dream about. An all-star cast could not help keep those audiences interested, however, with the idea of spreading goodwill to those around you obviously not as interesting as displays of the worst of society. Composer Thomas Newman's involvement in Pay It Forward is interesting on many levels, for the score he provides for the film is the polar opposite to the work of James Horner and Hans Zimmer for Leder's previous movies. Newman was in a period in his career in 1999 and 2000 when he had abandoned his orchestral sounds of the previous decade and was exploring a highly percussive, unusual technique of relying upon rhythms to create an ambience one step above his sound design work. The most popular of these works was the first of the era, American Beauty, which addressed a disjointed and dark view of American lifestyles with an appropriately bizarre and eccentric approach. In regards to Pay It Forward, though, one famous film reviewer stated, "Call it the anti-American Beauty." So with Newman defining the contemporary urban character drama of unsavory sorts with the awkward sound in American Beauty and, with less success, Erin Brockovich, how would he turn around and score the same genre's brightest alternative? He did so with exactly the identical sound. And thus, the real problems with Newman's "rhythmic texture" scores began to emerge. It didn't seem to matter what the demeanor of each film was, Newman was in a distinct and unyielding phase of experimentation that was lathered on with a saturated brush regardless of its effectiveness.



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Sarah - March 10, 2007, at 9:10 a.m.
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Don't listen to this guy, Pay it Forward is a creative, if fairly wacky score
richuk - May 19, 2006, at 6:08 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 45:42
• 1. Possibility (2:33)
• 2. Car Trouble (1:07)
• 3. Washer Vodka (1:52)
• 4. Cereal Bum (1:03)
• 5. Come Out Jerry (1:09)
• 6. Fixture Vodka (1:36)
• 7. Rat Bastard (0:56)
• 8. One Kiss (1:47)
• 9. Tardiness (2:11)
• 10. In Recovery (1:02)
• 11. Jaguar (1:04)
• 12. Dumpster (1:11)
• 13. Sleepover (4:33)
• 14. Cosmic Aristotle (1:55)
• 15. Euphemism (1:05)
• 16. Homeless (1:00)
• 17. Pay It Forward (1:05)
• 18. Night and Day and Night (1:09)
• 19. Asthma (0:58)
• 20. Powers of Three (1:03)
• 21. Desert Drive (1:34)
• 22. Wasted Air (1:42)
• 23. The Bad Thing (0:50)
• 24. Gasoline (1:39)
• 25. Velocity Organ (1:27)
• 26. I Forgive You (2:26)
• 27. Calling All Angels - performed by Jane Siberry (5:32)

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