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The Rewrite (2015)



Critic Consensus: The Rewrite's unremarkable plot is enlivened considerably by its likable cast, adding up to a comedy that coasts capably on the charms of Hugh Grant and his co-stars.

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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 can't 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 students 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). (C) RLJE/Image Entertainment

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Hugh Grant
as Keith Michaels
Bella Heathcote
as Karen Gabney
Allison Janney
as Professor Weldon
J.K. Simmons
as Dr. Hal Lerner
Chris Elliott
as Jim Harper
Jason Antoon
as Greg Nathan
Jenny Neale
as Jenny Glick
Billy Griffith
as TSA Officer
Kevin Kennedy
as TSA Officer Kevin
Ali Merhi
as TSA Officer Ali
John Deyle
as Fred Secrity Guard
Veanne Cox
as Clara Foss
Lauren Macklin
as Rachel Anslow
Emily Morden
as Andrea Stein-Rosen
Annie Qian
as Sara Liu
Aja Naomi King
as Rosa Tejeda
Andrew Keenan-Bolger
as Bolger-Billy Frazier
Steven Kaplan
as Clem Ronson
Jeff Chena
as Carousel Worker
Lauren Palmer
as Dana Carpenter
Ella Rubin
as Etta Carpenter
Ann S. Lawrence
as Customer at Table
Frank Harts
as Paramedic
Kevin Carolan
as Billy's Father
Christina Pawl
as Billy's Mother
Liz Callaway
as Mrs. Lerner
Sean Patrick McGowan
as Holly's Co-Worker
Kevin Michael Kennedy
as TSA Officer Kevin
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Critic Reviews for The Rewrite

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (28)

A full two decades after "Four Weddings and a Funeral," Hugh Grant still does that stammering, understated, witty and dashing thing as well as anyone in the business.

February 26, 2015 | Rating: 3.5

Another Hugh Grant comedy that follows the dots without much wit ...

February 18, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Hugh Grant's latest comedy is as comforting and well-worn as a heavy blanket on a freezing day.

February 16, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The Rewrite wants to be a film about the messiness of life but it only has Hollywood clichés to work with.

February 13, 2015 | Full Review…

By no means watch this if you're looking for a nourishing cinematic experience. But if your idea of a cozy rom-com is an old Hugh Grant one, this has some cine-comfort-food-carbs for you.

February 13, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Before it was done to death, there was something terribly appealing about Grant's heroes, and many of his romantic comedies -- something "The Rewrite" nicely reminds us of.

February 13, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Rewrite

great movie, reminded me a lot of wonder boys. not a perfect film but the characters are well developed and the story is genuine.

Brendan O'Connor
Brendan O'Connor

Super Reviewer

Watched The Rewrite tonight and I loved it! But then, I am a sucker for well-done romantic comedies and this qualifies. I am also quite familiar with the Binghamton area as I grew up an hour and a half north of there and have passed through it numerous times. I am unashamedly a fan of Hugh Grant and thought he was excellent as the cynical, burned out Hollywood screenwriter still basking in the adulation for his one and only successful screen play who takes a teaching job as a last ditch means of earning a living. The supporting cast was excellent, the screenplay was brilliant, and the story of second chances and finding a purpose was actually inspiring. I am sore tempted to go the full Monty on this and give it five stars.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

After the nosedive Hugh Grant's career took of late I was expecting this to be terrible. Instead it was engaging, well written, well acted and had some great actors in it. Similar to the screenwriting techniques Hugh Grant's character delivers onscreen to his students. If anything the third act that the movie so goes on about is arguably this movies weakest part in an otherwise well told narrative.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

Super Reviewer

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