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Composer Rolfe Kent Reunites With Director Jason Reitman for Young Adult


Rolfe Kent
Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominated composer Rolfe Kent (Sideways, Thank You For Smoking, Up in the Air) reunites with Academy Award nominated director Jason Reitman on Young Adult. The Paramount Pictures release, which was penned by Academy Award winning screenwriter Diablo Cody, opens Dec. 16 .

Called “a cringefest in the best way possible” by Entertainment Weekly and a “hilarious dramedy” by Marie Claire, Young Adult equally alternates between lighthearted and fun and emotional uneasiness.

“The intention was to create a score that was quite intimate – just a few instruments – to have a very direct connection to the emotions going on the screen,” said Kent. “Whether that means lonely and isolated or lively and full of motion the sparseness of the ensemble was to give the music quite a visceral impact. Sometimes that called for solo piano, evoking a sense of isolation, or a junkyard swing-band to mirror Mavis’s unstoppable force.”

Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt in Young Adult, from Paramount Pictures and Mandate Pictures. (Photo by: Phillip V. Caruso).
The unexpected textures and sounds of instruments are Kent’s hallmarks – composer of more than 40 films, including Sideways (Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice nominated score), About Schmidt, Election, Mean Girls, Nurse Betty, Legally Blonde, Wedding Crashers, Just Like Heaven, The Matador, Thank You For Smoking, Reign Over Me, The Hunting Party, 17 Again, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, The Men Who Stare At Goats and Up In The Air. Kent received an Emmy Award nomination for outstanding main title theme for the hit Showtime series Dexter.

Over the years, Kent has developed relationships with directors as diverse as Alexander Payne (Sideways, About Schmidt, Citizen Ruth, Election), Mark Waters (Mean Girls, Just Like Heaven, Freaky Friday, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Mr. Popper’s Penguins) and Richard Shepard (Reign Over Me, The Matador, The Hunting Party, Mexico City, Oxygen, Mercy).

In Young Adult, Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt) who hasn’t quite gotten over high school either.

“I love working with Jason. He has such a strong musical sense, and really helps me pair back the music to the simplest, most elemental way to have a big impact,” said Kent. “This is our third film together, and it feels like we are getting better and more elegant in the way we collaborate, and that is generating rich musical ideas and lots of interesting experiments.”

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