The Rewrite

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The Rewrite

Marc Lawrence (2) (2014)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Hugh Grant reteams with his Music and Lyrics writer/director Marc Lawrence for the fourth time here, in a story about a washed-up Hollywood screenwriter forced to take a teaching post at a provincial university. Convinced that writing screenplays demands talent that can't be taught, Grant intends to coast his way through. But mature student Marisa Tomei, a can-do single mum with two young daughters, may be about to change his perspective on life, as well as his craft. Sticking to a tried-and-tested comedy formula, the film is content to demonstrate that no-one does likeably shambolic cynicism quite so well as Grant, whose somewhat frayed appearance is certainly in tune with a character whose once-glittering career has long since hit the skids. Tomei proves an adorably spiky foil in this easy-going charmer in which deftly tailored banter and evident chemistry prevail over predictable plotting to deliver a comedy with clear appeal for an older audience.


Premiere. A washed-up Hollywood screenwriter takes a job at a small university, planning to exploit his position as a local celebrity and do as little work as possible. His cynical outlook begins to change when he falls for a single mother working toward her degree, while a talented pupil makes him consider what he wants from his life. Romantic comedy, with Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei, Allison Janney and JK Simmons.

Cast & Crew

Keith Michaels Hugh Grant
Holly Carpenter Marisa Tomei
Mary Weldon Allison Janney
Dr Harold Lerner J K Simmons
Jim Chris Elliott
Karen Bella Heathcote
Cara Veanne Cox
Judy Lily Wen
Chloe Olivia Luccardi
Andrea Emily Morden
Billy Andrew Keenan-Bolger
Director Marc Lawrence (2)
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 10 Oct 2014
Comedy Drama