The Rewrite – *1/2

Posted: May 24, 2015 in 2014, Dramedy, romcom, USA, X1/2

A once successful Oscar-winning screenwriter has lost his talent to produce stories that studios want to produce. He doesn’t even get re-write jobs. Money is running out and he reluctantly takes a job at a college in upstate New York where he will give a screen writing class.

Even before you start watching The Rewrite you know it is not going to be a memorable movie. It stars Hugh Grant and it’s about a loser who needs to pick up his life again somewhere else. Sometimes there are reasons why this last line sounds appealing. And sometimes you just want to enjoy light entertainment.

Hugh Grant is Hugh Grant. The man will never be someone else. The only movie in which he’s really good at being himself is About A Boy, because he’s more of a second fiddle to the teenager. Unfortunately here, there are no interesting supporting characters. The students in his class are very stereotypical, just like his colleagues. Not even the charming Marisa Tomei can save this story from being about nothing. Maybe that would have been a better title: About Nothing. 

A movie about a scriptwriting teacher that has a tedious script isn’t even ironic.

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