Friday, February 13, 2015
It's been a terrible year for wide theatrical releases so far, and the place to find the best new releases has consistently been Video on Demand. And this week The Rewrite is one of the best finds on VOD. Hugh Grant, who has largely been absent from cinema for a number of years, makes a return in just the kind of film he shines best in. Grant plays a once successful Hollywood screenwriter who has fallen on tougher times and crosses coasts to teach screenwriting at Binghamton University. And while the story arc is exactly what you expect in every way, this movie succeeds in its execution, with clever dialogue, a great lead performance by Grant, and a terrific all star supporting cast including Marisa Tomei, J.K. Simmons, Allison Janney, and Chris Elliott. It's nothing groundbreaking and hardly a must see, but it's a really smooth, fun watch that you can see at home. And it's a great reminder of what great actors like Simmons and Janney can do in supporting roles.
Who is this movie for? Anyone who would fancy a light, enjoyable, Inside Hollywood rom-com that you can watch at home. It should have fairly wide audience appeal, though critics are likely to pan it for being banal.