Hugh Grant, Hollywood’s favourite bumbling Brit, returns to familiar territory with The Rewrite. He plays Keith Michaels, a self obsessed screenwriter who earns for his glory days as an oscar-winning hot property. With bills to pay and no industry interest in his ideas, he’s forced to move from LA to the small town of Binghamton for a teaching position in their university.
A firm believer that his craft can’t be taught and that you either have the talent or don’t, things get off to an immediately rocky start. However, when he meets mature student and single mum Holly, his outlook on life begins to change.
Marketed primarily for its re-teaming of Hugh Grant and the director of Two Weeks Notice and Music and Lyrics, if you’re a fan of either of these films, you’ll enjoy The Rewrite. It’s the type of film which, if you’ve seen the trailer, then you basically know everything that will happen from beginning to end. It offers no surprises whatsoever that’s not to say it’s without its charms.
Grant and the rest of the cast are fine, as is the directing and writing which provides a few chuckles along the way. Chuckles, not laughs mind you; and whilst everything in the film is okay, it fails to become anything more than just that. The Rewrite is an inoffensive and soft watch that’s decidedly middle of the road. There’s nothing to really hate or love, but it’s still a perfectly watchable film.
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