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Chick Flicks: The Collection

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AllMusic Review by Marisa Brown

The thought behind Warner's Chick Flicks: The Collection -- that nearly as important as a film itself is to its soundtrack, or at least as important as that certain song is to what comes right at the peak of the action, heightening the interaction between the characters, intensifying their reactions and making every line said just that more significant -- is put into practice for this double-disc, 43-track set that culls its material from movies from the past quarter century (a majority coming from the past five years or so), with songs that reach back to 1962 (Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons' "Big Girls Don't Cry" from 1987's Dirty Dancing). Favorite films like Notting Hill, You've Got Mail, Brokeback Mountain, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Maid in Manhattan, Bridget Jones' Diary, and The Devil Wears Prada are all represented here (the latter twice, in fact, with Alanis Morissette's cover of "Crazy" and Ray LaMontagne's "How Come"), and, breaking a bit from the restrictions of the title, there are even popular television shows (Will & Grace, Grey's Anatomy, Friends, and The OC) included as well. All said, Chick Flicks ends up being a rather decent collection, with a nice selection of pop songs from both male and female singers, many of which are pretty fun (Aimee Mann and husband Michael Penn's cover of the Beatles' "Two of Us," Carly Simon's "You're So Vain," Irene Cara's "Fame," Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love," Kevin Lyttle's "Turn Me On"), and makes a nice addition to a movie-lover's music collection.

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