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Soundtrack Review

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Man Up
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Wendy Wang
Label: Lakeshore Records
Release Date: 09 June 2015

Lakeshore Records release Wendy Wang's score for Man Up. The film follows Martin, a 19 year-old slacker, whose life is turned upside down when he gets his girlfriend pregnant. He moves in with his best friend Randall embarking on a hilarious journey to learn what it means to be a man...

I've listened to this album several times now... I've even toyed with playing it backwards... but I still can't fathom who on earth thought this would be a score worth releasing as an album.

I get it, I know what the director was going for: a cheesy '80s teen comedy vibe... and Wendy Wang has done a fantastic job of capturing that rather awful era (or maybe that should be "error"). The sad thing is that those of us who lived through that awful period of movie scores don't really want to revisit it.

Okay, to be fair, there's a hint of Keith Forsey's score for The Breakfast Club (1985), which is good, but otherwise this is an album I really can't recommend.

The album is really an EP, containing 21 tracks (18 min, 51 sec) of what is basically short, cheesy, '80s style music cues.

If you're a fan of the movie (I have to admit that I have not seen it and the CD cover was enough to make me want to steer well clear) then... er... you probably still won't enjoy the music.


Darren Rea