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FILM REVIEW: The Rewrite (12A)

| October 12, 2014

Released : 8th October 2014
Rated : 12A
Running Time: 107 mins
BBFCinsight: Infrequent strong language, drug references
Director: Marc Lawrence
Stars: Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei, Allison Janney, J. K. Simmons, Bella Heathcote, Annie Q., Maggie Geha, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Jason Antoon, Caroline Aaron

Once the toast of Hollywood, Oscar Winning writer Keith Michaels (Hugh Grant) has lost his wife, hasn’t spoken to his son for a year and is desperate to remain in the film industry despite it being years since writing his one and only hit film.

The only work his agent can find for Keith is teaching screen writing at a college on the East Coast of America. Believing that screen writing can’t be taught and that teaching is an absurd profession taken up by desperate failures, Keith reluctantly takes the job and sets about taking up his new post.

Keith has a disastrous start to his teaching career by getting drunk at a staff social event, insulting one of the colleges leading teachers, dismissing his class for a month and starting an inappropriate relationship with one of his students. When handed the task of selecting the students for his class, rather than reading the seventy scripts sent in by those wishing to be taught by him he decides to look up their pictures on the internet and chooses the most beautiful women to be his students.

Holly Carpenter (Marisa Tomei), a single mother, bumps into Keith and hands him a script hoping to join his class, eventually she persuades him to let her join and they fall in love.

I really enjoyed watching The Rewrite which sees Hugh Grant on cracking form, never dull and always funny, Hugh’s performance in The Rewrite is impeccable.

Light hearted comedy moments and emotionally charged scenes make this a must see film which can be enjoyed time and time again.

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