Rewrite, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: +1

FILM SYNOPSIS: Once upon a time, Keith Michaels (Hugh Grant -†About a Boy,†Love Actually) was an award-winning Hollywood screenwriter, but divorce and a string of unsuccessful films have left him with nothing but bad debts and blank pages. So when his agent arranges a job as guest screenwriting professor at a remote university in upstate New York, a desperate Keith canít say no. Initially hoping to give minimal effort to actual teaching so he can focus on his next script, Keith unexpectedly finds himself becoming invested in his studentsí lives, including Holly (Marisa Tomei,†The Wrestler), a single mom looking to start her own new chapter. The Rewrite features an all-star cast, including J. K. Simmons (Whiplash), Allison Janney (Mom), Chris Elliott (Groundhog Day) and Bella Heathcote (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies).

PREVIEW REVIEW: At first I was put off by Hugh Grantís overly familiar callow comments and mannerisms and found several of the gags falling flat, but suddenly the film and the starís performance kicked into gear. Mr. Grant actually reveals more than one dimension. And his supporting cast of Marisa Tomei, J.K. Simmons, Bella Heathcote and Allison Janney each liven up the simple, but entertaining story.

Except for some brief bawdiness and a few words that eventually crept into the proceedings, itís what we used to call a ďcleanĒ film. There is a positive message about whatís really important (hint: itís not fame and fortune). And by filmís end youíll feel so good thanks to endearing performances and some witty and thoughtful dialogue, youíll actually want to sit through the closing credits, which BTW, contain a few short scenes evidently cut from the completed film.

This is a film Iíd watch again

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Castle Rock Entertainment

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Crude Language: A couple of sexual comments

Obscene Language: I caught one obscenity Ė the f-bomb Ė and a few minor expletives.

Profanity: One misuse of Jesusí name.

Violence: None

Sex: Early on, the protagonist, having taken on a job as a college professor, sleeps with one of his students; we do not see any sexual activity and it serves to further the plot.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: The lead is seen drinking frequently, perhaps suggesting that he has a dependency on alcohol.

Other: None

Running Time: 107 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Up

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