The Perfect Man (2005)

Film from Universal Pictures, directed by Mark Rosman

"Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive."

No score soundtrack available.
CD [image] contains songs only.

Music clip one, 0'40" (472Kb) [Main theme, taken from DVD menu, minus irritating 'whooshes'. See ex.1]
Music clip two, 1'29" (1.02Mb) [Beck's slapstick, ca.19'20", when Holly is getting her mum to find the flowers she has bought posing as the perfect man; dialogue gaps are edited out; an increase in texture and shifting up of keys enhances the feeling of growing desperation]
Music clip three, 0'23 " (275Kb) [Love theme, or Adam theme, taken from ca.43'40" as Holly uses Adam's computer. With dialogue. See ex.2]
Music clip four, 2'37" (1.79Mb) [Contemplative version of the main theme, taken from ca.50'15" as Jean opens her heart to Holly-as-the-perfect-man-in-cyberspace. With much dialogue. See ex.1]
Music clip five, 0'34" (400Kb) [Sad version of the main theme at ca.1:03'31" as Holly reflects on how much harm her well-meaning lie is causing. With much dialogue. See ex.1]
Music clip six, 0'20" (236Kb) [Beck's action underscore at ca.1:15'00" in which Holly dashes and arrives breathless in time to stop a wedding. With much dialogue.]


An advert for Hilary Duff's eye liner, sandwiched into a derivative and grossly sanitised plot of a daughter (Holly - Hilary Duff) trying to keep her mother (Jean - Heather Locklear) happy (and from moving the family to another town) by inventing the perfect man (Ben - Chris Noth) as an admirer for her, based on a friend's uncle. Needless to say, her attempts to placate her mother on the issue of never meeting him get out of hand, leading to various 'life lessons', heartaches and minor situational comedy. And please don't forget to laugh at the gay bartender. Because he's gay. And he acts gay. He has a gay voice and gay hair. And that's so original and funny and not at all what sitcoms were doing in the '70s. And that's about the best we can come up with today.


Beck delivers a typically fitting score for this movie, setting love theme, slapstick and whimiscal underscore at a level that just broadens the romance and comedy without sounding like it is trying to dig it out of its blandness. Sadly there are no opportunitities for the music to breath on its own, with pop songs typically hogging the non-verbal limelight, and all other parts of the film drenched in Duff's blogging voiceover. (Even the DVD menu is obliterated by sound effects). There's no mistaking Beck's touch here, but this is one of a growing handful of teen romance scores limited by the identikit and pedestrian nature of the film material. With that said, Beck's battleplan is as well-balanced as ever, somehow finding themes that sound fresh and fitting, which is presumably why he is in such demand for this work.


Ex.1 Main theme (see clips one and four)
Music example 1, from The Perfect Man

Ex.2 Love theme (or Adam theme), normally for clarinet (see clip three)
Music example 2, from The Perfect Man

Additional running threads:

Acoustic guitar:- good for accompanying the love theme, for general quiet underscore, and for fast-paced cues (e.g. clips two and five)

Piano:- Not so much a running thread as a typical Beck melodic instrument. A trait that runs back through his television music also.

Webmaster's note: -

Hilary Duff also starred in Cinderella and appeared in Cheaper by the dozen.

Full music credits

Opening credits:

Music by Christophe Beck

End credits:

Executive in charge of music for Universal Pictures - Kathy Nelson
Music editor - Will Kaplan
Assistant music editor - Anna Wilbourne
Orchestrations - Kevin Kliesch
Music contractor - Sandy Decrescent
Music programmer - Sean Dougall
Digital recordist - Larry Mah
Music recorded and mixed by Casey Stone
Recording crew - Tim Lauber, Tom Steel, Bill Talbott, Jason Lloyd, Stacy Robinson
Music recorded at Fox Newman Scoring Stage
Music mixed at O'Henry Studios


Soundtrack on Curb Records
"I fall to pieces"
Written by Hank Cochran, Harlan Howard
Performed by Patsy Cline
Courtesy of Geffen Records
"The real thing"
Written by Sara Overall, Adam Watts, Andy Dodd"
Performed by Sara Overall
Courtesy of Columbia Records
"Make room"
Written byTeron Carter, Stacy Jones, Otton Price, Ric Robbins
Performed by Grit
Courtesy of Gotee Records
"We could be falling in love"
Written by Thomas Hirschmann, Stuart Hart
Performed by No Big Fish
Courtesy of Selectracks Music Services
"If you got what you came for"
Written by Beth Thornley, Rob Cairns
Performed by Beth Thornley
Courtesy of Position Music
"Givin up givin up"
Written by Ray Gelato, Peter Tomasso
Performed by Ray Gelato and his Band
Courtesy of Double Scoop Records
"Mr. Roboto"
Written and performed by Dennis Deyoung
Courtesy of Grand Illusion Music
Written and performed by Dennis Deyoung
Courtesy of Grand Illusion Music
"The best of times"
Writtern and performed by Dennis Deyoung
Courtesy of Grand Illusion Music
"I will learn to love again"
Written by Diane Warren
Performed by Kaci
Courtesy of Curb Records
"Let it go"
Written and performed by Jadon Lavik
Courtesy of Bec Recordings
"Honeysuckle Rose"
Written by Thomas 'Fats' Waller, Andy Razaf
Performed by The Frank and Joe Show
Courtesy of Selectracks Music Services
"Until it happens to you"
Written by Joe Lervold, Lisa Aschmann
Performed by Joel Evans
Courtesy of Cinemasters / Position Music
"The girl I dream about"
Written by Bobby Caldwell, Henry Marx
Performed by Bobby Caldwell
Courtesy of The MusicForce Media Group llc
Written by Dennis Deyoung
Courtesy of Sleptone Entertainment / Sound Choice
"Better than this"
Written by Bridget Benenate, Steve Booker, Matthew Gerrard
Performed by Kimberley Locke
Courtesy of Curbe Records
Written by Howie Day, Kevin Griffin
Performed by Howie Day
Courtesy of Epic Records
"Real life fairytale"
Written by Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, Matthew Bronleewe
Performed by Plumb
Courtesy of Curb Records