Rolfe Kent - Subtle Not Bombastic

Rolfe Kent - Kate and Leopold soundtrack CD cover Rolfe Kent was born in the UK but now lives and works in Los Angeles. He started out in film scoring with a series of soft porn films for Playboy video called "Inside Out", but he soon progressed on to other things with a stream of low budget films and shorts, and even getting a producer credit for "Mercy" in 1995. He steadily worked up the ranks of bigger and bigger movies, gaining credibility on the way with song-credits on the movies "Fight Club" and "Zoolander", before landing movies such as "Legally Blonde". He kept up the association with "Legally Blonde 2" while also scoring a number of A-grade movies including "Kate and Leopold", "About Schmidt", "Freaky Friday" and the wine-tasting movie "Sideways".

Rolfe Kent - About Schmidt soundtrack CD cover Rolf Kent's style is quite varied having had some contact with a number of genres, but he seems to have specialised in Gentle Romantic Comedies or Odd-Ball Comedies with a quirky element, inviting comparisons with composers like Carter Burwell and Alexandre Desplat. The "Sideways" score has something of an old-world jazz vibe to it and the composer also played guitar and melodica on the soundtrack. Meanwhile in television, the Dark Comedy style for "Dexter" is captured using an usual set of instruments. Kent has frequently used a range of world instruments in his scores, which adds to the quirkiness factor rather than suggesting exotic locations. The Composer's official website is at where you can sample many tracks from his film scores and even download free sheet music from "Sideways".

Rolfe Kent has scored a steady stream of movies this past few years, with many of these also having soundtrack releases. The soundtrack for "Mr. Popper's Penguins" (a comedy starring Jim Carrey) for example is available from these links - or, while the excellent score for "Downsizing" is available at - or

Film music by Rolfe Kent:

    Rolfe Kent - Sideways soundtrack CD cover
  • Inside Out 1, 2, 3, 4 – soft porn video films for Playboy"
  • Dead Connection – the film score plus a couple of credits for co-writing songs with Nigel Dick
  • Mercy – music score and one of the producers
  • Citizen Ruth
  • The House of Yes
  • Slums of Beverley Hills
  • The Theory of Flight
  • Election – score and song credit for "God Whispers to Constantine"
  • Oxygen
  • Fight Club – the song "Coffee Store Zak"
  • Gun Shy
  • Nurse Betty
  • Happy Campers
  • Someone Like You – also known as "Animal Attraction"
  • Town and Country
  • Zoolander – scored by David Arnold though Kent has a song credit for "What Happens to a Man?"
  • Legally Blonde
  • Kate and Leopold
  • 40 Days and 40 Nights – most of the music consisted of songs, but Kent scored some tongue in cheek and surreal moments
  • About Schmidt – quirky music to match the character and story and including Satie's Gnossienne No. 4
  • Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde
  • Freaky Friday
  • Mean Girls
  • Sideways – also playing guitar and melodica (the wind instrument with a keyboard) and recognised with a Golden Globe nomination in 2005
  • Wedding Crashers
  • Rolfe Kent - Mr. Popper's Penguins soundtrack CD cover
  • Thank You for Smoking
  • Just Like Heaven
  • Failure to Launch
  • You, Me and Dupree
  • Sex and Death 101
  • Reign Over Me – the music spans a range of moods from light comedy to serious drama
  • The Hunting Party
  • The Lucky Ones
  • 17 Again
  • Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
  • Up in the Air – winning the Satellite Award for Best Original Score
  • The Men Who Stare At Goats Rolfe Kent: Downsizing - film score album cover
  • Killers
  • Charlie St. Cloud
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins
  • Young Adult
  • Labor Day
  • Vampire Academy
  • Rock Dog
  • Crash Pad
  • Downsizing – the score inspired in places by 2001: A Space Odyssey and including 2 waltzes
  • Stan and Ollie – balancing humour and melancholy in Kent's gentle score for this Laurel and Hardy biopic

TV Work by Rolfe Kent

  • The Jury – TV mini-series
  • Dexter – main theme for the TV series, both dark and whimsical
  • The High Bar

Rolfe Kent - Recommendations

There are a number of Rolfe Kent soundtracks available on CD, and here is a small selection of those:

Rolfe Kent - Memorabilia:

Here are some CD covers signed by Rolfe Kent. Our thanks to Petr Kocanda for permission to use his collection of autographed CDs. Click on any thumbnail below to see the image full size in a separate window.

Rolfe Kent: 17 Again - signed CD Rolfe Kent: Dexter Season 1 - signed CD Rolfe Kent: Mr. Popper's Penguins - signed CD Rolfe Kent: Wedding Crashers - signed CD