Rolfe Kent scores You, Me and Dupree

Posted on June 12, 2006 by Dan Goldwasser

This past week, composer Rolfe Kent was at the Sony Scoring Stage recording his music for the upcoming comedy, You, Me and Dupree which stars Owen Wilson, Matt Dillon and Kate Hudson. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the film is about a newlywed couple (Dillon and Hudson) who allow their best-man (Wilson) to move in with them.

Rolfe Kent conducts the Hollywood Studio Symphony

Kent is no stranger to comedy, having composed the scores to such films as Legally Blonde, Wedding Crashers and Failure to Launch. His score to You, Me and Dupree features an 83-piece orchestra, which Kent conducted himself. The playful parts of the score are tempered with some emotional dramatic material, and features vibes, acoustic and Spanish guitar, as well as ukulele, mandolin, and more.

George Doering with his ukulele

Shawn Murphy’s mixing of the score allowed the various elements to be heard cleanly, while music programmer (and additional orchestrator) Stephen Coleman gave feedback from the control room. Kent would come back into the room occasionally between recorded takes, to see how it all sounded.

Music Programmer Stephen Coleman with Music Editor Nick South

The Russo brothers were very hands-on, giving their thoughts to Kent on how the cues were playing against the dialogue. A few alternates were recorded as a result of this collaborative effort.

Anthony and Joe Russo (left) with Rolfe Kent and Shawn Murphy

Stage Recordist Adam Michalak prepares a cue for recording

You, Me and Dupree will be released by Universal Pictures on July 14, 2006.