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The Rewrite

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2014
  • Marc Lawrence (2)
  • 102 mins
  • 12A

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Keith MichaelsHugh Grant
Holly CarpenterMarisa Tomei
Mary WeldonAllison Janney
Dr Harold LernerJ K Simmons
JimChris Elliott
KarenBella Heathcote
CaraVeanne Cox
JudyLily Wen
ChloeOlivia Luccardi
AndreaEmily Morden
BillyAndrew Keenan-Bolger

Crew

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DirectorMarc Lawrence (2)

Details

Theatrical distributor
Lionsgate
Released on
2014-10-10
Language
English
Guidance
Swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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