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Paulie [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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Paulie is standard family adventure fare, for better or for worse -- composer John Debney creates a self-consciously cute and clever orchestral score that's never boring yet somehow never exactly engaging, either. There's no doubting the consummate skill at work here, just as there's no mistaking the soulessness of the whole enterprise -- this is music as paint-by-numbers, as predictable as the sun's rise each morning. A pair of vibrant Latin pop songs by Bandidos de Amor -- "Cancion del Mariachi (Morena de Mi Corazon)" and "Estoy Loco" -- add some much-needed energy, but otherwise Paulie is strictly for die-hard fans of the movie in question, so both of you should run right out and buy it.

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