Title: The Rewrite Director: Marc Lawrence Year: 2014 Run time: 1hr 47m
“Once upon a time, screenwriter Keith Michaels was on top of the world - a Golden Globe Award and a hit movie to his name. But that was fifteen years ago. Now he’s divorced, broke, approaching fifty and hasn’t written a hit film in years. Luckily, his agent has a job for him - a university in the quiet town of Binghamton teaching a course in screenwriting. Hoping to give minimal attention to his duties and focus on writing a new script, his attitude slowly begins to turn when he meets Holly, a single mum working two jobs to earn her degree.”
1:54 - These pitching bits are just like Episodes. 4:14 - He better have hotspotted to his phone or else how is he using the internet in a blackout? 6:17 - Got a little excited by the sign saying Scranton because of The Office. Navigating the US by films and TV. 9:26 - That’s a really bad start to your teaching career. 14:53 - “My dog and I were peering in your window this morning…” Yep, time to move. 18:44 - Oh, how the wine has ruined his introduction meeting! 25:18 - “A recipe for Austen-bashing.” 32:27 - Come on Hugh, they’re called lesson plans! 34:29 - There are quite a lot of Matts in Hollywood, aren’t there? Not just Damon? 43:05 - “I aspire to nerds.” 46:57 - Loving the other nerd who is obsessed with space. 54:39 - She’s a lot of fun. 1:04:10 - Four daughters, one wife and all of them vegetarians. What a life! 1:09:01 - “My favourite movie. One of them, anyway. Definitely top five. Top ten. Top twenty.” 1:10:57 - Ugh, voicemail messages are awful. 1:13:22 - Being an agent must be awful. 1:23:02 - I’ve just realised that ten in a class is a hugely low number, how do they sustain that? 1:36:44 - “As Miss Austen said…”
You know EXACTLY what you’re going to get with this film. It veers more towards a drama-com, than a rom-com, but it’s Hugh Grant being generally a miserable person before meeting people that turn his attitude and his life around in spectacular fashion. And as long as you’re okay with that, it was brilliant.
I loved the Jane Austen stuff, Marisa Tomei was great, and seeing Grant attempt to teach the class and then somehow gradually connect with his students was actually really gratifying to watch. It wasn’t sickly sweet, and not even that predictable, which made it all the better. It’s not groundbreaking but turned out to be a really good and comforting watch. Plus it’s full of writers, which I like!