Hugh Grant’s screen charisma carries patchy romantic comedy The Rewrite about a washed-up Hollywood screenwriter who grudgingly accepts a teaching post at an East Coast college when the studios stop returning his calls. The caddish chap sleeps with one of his students before he’s even taught his first class, but Grant’s bumbling, fumbling charm convinces us that he is worth redemption. Marisa Tomei’s mature student/single mom provides a more age-appropriate love interest for the hero than flirtatious co-ed Bella Heathcote, while The West Wing’s Allison Janney supplies withering put-downs as a disapproving faculty member. This is the fourth time Grant has worked with writer-director Marc Lawrence, following Two Weeks Notice, Music and Lyrics and Did You Hear About the Morgans, and once again it’s his impeccable comic timing that makes the most of a patchy script.
Certificate 12. Runtime 103 mins. Director Marc Lawrence.
Available on digital platforms from Monday 2nd February and released on Blu-ray & DVD on Monday 9th February by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
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