The Rewrite (2014)

The Rewrite (2014)
  • Time: 106 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Director: Marc Lawrence
  • Cast: Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei, J.K. Simmons, Allison Janney


An Oscar-winning writer in a slump leaves Hollywood to teach screenwriting at a college on the East Coast, where he falls for a single mom taking classes there.

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  • Hugh Grant has been in semi-retirement for a decade – a happily self-imposed exile from a profession that stirs little interest in him and whose accompanying celebrity culture offends his steadfastly private nature. His involvement in The Rewrite speaks to his regard of writer-director Marc Lawrence, with whom he has collaborated on Two Weeks Notice, Music and Lyrics, and Did You Hear About the Morgans? Lawrence has proven himself adept at showcasing Grant’s charms, which have transitioned from the flustered fop of his younger years to a grumpy, barely reparable cad. The self-loathing cynic Grant essays in The Rewrite is firmly in his wheelhouse and, whilst the film doesn’t colour outside the lines of the genre, it is still a congenial work fuelled by its two charismatic leads and strong supporting cast.

    Keith Michaels (Grant) is an Oscar-winning screenwriter just this side of forgotten. Studio heads and people on the street rave about the years-old Paradise Misplaced, the film that made his career, but the failure of his subsequent films has left him scrambling and in a slump. His agent (Caroline Aaron) comes up with an out-of-left-field gig: teaching a screenwriting course at Binghamton University in New York. With rent, alimony, and other bills to pay and no immediate prospects, Keith agrees.

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