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Soundtrack review: Overboard (Lyle Workman – 2018)

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Soundtrack review: Overboard (Lyle Workman – 2018)

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Overboard is an upcoming American romantic comedy film directed by Rob Greenberg, written by Greenberg, Bob Fisher and Leslie Dixon and starring Eugenio Derbez, Anna Faris, Eva Longoria, John Hannah and Swoosie Kurtz. A remake of the 1987 film of the same name, the plot follows a working class single mother who convinces a spoiled playboy from a wealthy Mexican family with amnesia that they are a married couple. Lyle Workman wrote the score.

The original “Overboard” is without a doubt one of my favorite 80s movies. The unbelievable chemistry between the Kurt and Goldie Hawn, the plot, I mean I must have watched the movie 100 times already. The remake looks fun so I will definitely watch it. When it comes to a movie like this my idea of what to expect from the score is clear, and by the way it opens with the Latin guitar serenade in “Down the hatch” it seems the composer had the same one. This movie needs music that is light, slightly ironic and, most of all, fun. This opening cue puts a big smile on my face with a jazzy island band sound.

As the score progresses I also discover it has a a slightly retro, nostalgic sound as the way the orchestra plays and the mood of the score makes me think of the 80s, of Dynasty, of romantic comedies of the time. Every now and then there’s a sprout of a fanfare and I am just delighted to listen to the music. There are now down moment and it’s as if each cue is a nugget of celebration and positivity, without shadows or generic moments.

The music of “Overboard” is honest and charming without trying to be more than it should; there’s no need for drama or exaggerations as they would defy the general idea of the story. Honestly I was more then pleasantly surprised by Lyle Workman’s composition as time after time, cue after cue, I discovered something else that gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling inside, like the sweeping second half of “I don’t belong with you”. The comedic moments are also enjoyable, with a violin motif here, a mandolin motif there, always bringing something extra.

Lyle Workman’s “Overboard” is simply a charming vacation concentrated in half an hour of music; I was not expecting an orchestral score for this one, let alone one that would be so rewarding emotionally. I didn’t even care that there were no less than 26 cues because a lot of them were nuggets of infectious romance and good spirit. Honestly there were times when I thought I was listening to a Patrick Doyle score as Lyle Workman channeled the romantic craft that I mostly hear on Doyle scores.

“Overboard” is one of the nicest surprises I’ve had this year and you shouldn’t miss this album that will brighten your day. Great work, Lyle Workman.

Cue rating: 73 / 100

Highlights:
Down the Hatch
Never Let You Go Again
Legend of Catalina

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Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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