Image Entertainment | Release Date: February 13, 2015
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JohnrieberMar 1, 2015
Hugh Grant has virtually disappeared from movie screens, and his return goes direct to on demand. "The Rewrite" is a cute, nice semi-romantic comedy - a film about a man who Hollywood has discarded, and the people he meets in "real" AmericaHugh Grant has virtually disappeared from movie screens, and his return goes direct to on demand. "The Rewrite" is a cute, nice semi-romantic comedy - a film about a man who Hollywood has discarded, and the people he meets in "real" America who still dream of stardom. The cast is excellent, with J.K. Simmons, Marisa Tomei and Chris Elliott all delivering nice performances in a movie that is nice, but a good example of why so many films aren't getting a theatrical release any longer... Expand
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luvfilmApr 22, 2016
The Rewrite is a truly enjoyable comedy. It may not break new ground, but it masterfully rewrites a familiar theme: Hugh Grants plays an over the hill, has been Hollywood screenwriter, forced to teach a screenwriting class in Binghamton, aThe Rewrite is a truly enjoyable comedy. It may not break new ground, but it masterfully rewrites a familiar theme: Hugh Grants plays an over the hill, has been Hollywood screenwriter, forced to teach a screenwriting class in Binghamton, a town best known for its old carousel and a meaty sandwich.
He starts out believing writing cannot be taught, teachers are losers, and he aims to do as little as possible for as long as he can pull it off.
In the course of the film, he will, as expected, learn to love teaching and his students and the happy ending we've come to look forward to is sure to come.
But the film gives us more. Hugh Grant's own fall from grace and his questionable ethics in real life are given a nice twist here. Marissa Tomei is charming as the love interest, and Allison Janey is the perfect nemesis as a feminist professor and an Austen fan (but one who doesn't know Clueless is an Austen adaptation and has never seen the film). The clash between the idea of "high literature" and Hollywood movies is the source of some of the best lines in the movie. My favorite is the scene in class where the neurotic and lovable Jewish student defends her love of Disney films. The 'Gothic" Chinese student asks : Can you mention Tarantino and Disney in the same breath? to which the Hugh Grant character replies; You just did.
In the same vein, an episode from the cult TV show Twilight is also the focus of two endearing scenes in the film.
So although Grant's total transformation from an obnoxious womanizer (or cradle robber) to a truly caring man is a bit too easy, the film's other qualities make up for this possible flaw.
Grant's character's claim to fame is a film he wrote fifteen years ago about angels in heaven, which he describes in the movie as a "fairytale". In the same vein, The Rewrite is a fairytale for adults with a small town happy ending on the sunny lawns of Binghamton, in the only day of the year when it stops raining.
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