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The Rewrite Blu-ray Review

The Rewrite Blu-ray

“The Rewrite” is a charming comedy.

“The Rewrite” begins with a washed up screenwriter (Keith) deciding to take a gig teaching screenwriting in Binghamton, New York. Upon arrival, he almost immediately sleeps with a young student (Karen) and hopes to simply coast on the job. After catching some flack from the staff, however, Keith realizes he has to shape up and actually teach. Slowly, but surely, Keith begins to help out his students. Along the way, however, he realizes he needs to help himself as well.

As is the case with most comedies, there’s also a romantic element thrown in that involves Keith and another one of his students (a middle aged single mother named Holly).

Creating a story about a writer is always tricky business, but writer/director Marc Lawrence manages to pull it off with “The Rewrite.” As a screenwriter who has taken screenwriting classes in the past, it’s clear that a lot of material here rings true. Sure, there are some stereotypical characters and a fairly predictable rom com esque subplot, but those elements are standard for Hollywood films. However, the moments in the classroom and with the struggling protagonist (Keith) felt genuine and may, perhaps, be lifted from Lawrence’s own life experiences. Granted, that’s purely speculation, but it’s a legitimate possibility.

Where “The Rewrite” really shines is with the impressive cast. Hugh Grant is, well, Hugh Grant here and that’s perfectly ok. This is one of the best roles he’s had in years and he seems to be having a grand time with it. The supporting cast (J.K. Simmons, Bella Heathcote, Marisa Tomei, Allison Janney, and Chris Elliott) is all memorable and they each have a proper amount of screentime. No one is wasted here.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? While not the most visual film, the NY locations do shine in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Between Hugh Grant’s bumbling speech pattern to the music, this track delivers.

Extras:
* 2 deleted scenes.
* A trailer for “The Rewrite” and other Image Entertainment trailers.
* “The Making of The Rewrite” contains interviews, story and character discussions, and film clips.

Overall Thoughts: Why didn’t “The Rewrite” get a wide theatrical release? It’s far better than most films that have been released these past few months. Check it out.

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March 31, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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