You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who's never enjoyed a Hugh Grant rom-com… Notting Hill, Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral and Bridget Jones's Diary among others established his status as a romantic comedy superstar years ago. Well, Hugh Grant is back and just as charming as ever in The Rewrite which launched on digital platforms on February 2nd.
Alongside Grant, the film boasts a powerhouse list of co-stars including Marisa Tomei, Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons and Bella Heathcote. Released on digital platforms this week, The Rewrite turned out to be right up my alley!
The film centers around Keith Michaels, an Oscar-winning screenwriter pushing 50 whose career has seen better days (played by Hugh Grant). Every aspect of his life is in a slump from creativity to family to finances and he has to do something to get back on track. Leaving sunny Los Angeles, he travels to a small, upstate New York town to become a college professor even though his own views reflect that talent can't be taught. From inappropriate relationships with students to complete and utter failure as an educator, he suffers a few bumps along the way before realizing that perhaps he's had the wrong idea all along.
Directed by Marc Lawrence whose work includes some other favorites like Music and Lyrics, Two Weeks Notice and Miss Congeniality, The Rewrite is a heartwarming story of change, redemption and finding life's rewards in the least likely of circumstances.
I loved this film and while at times it's a little slow going, it's laugh-out-loud funny in places and really reminiscent of the Hugh Grant films we all grew up loving. Marisa Tomei is endearing in her role as a single mother attending university as a mature student. Not surprisingly, the reunited Juno duo of Allison Janney and J.K. Simmons is quite funny and gives the otherwise fluffy rom-com a bit more depth. I'm looking forward to watching this one over and over again… Welcome back Hugh Grant!
The Rewrite is currently available to download via the iTunes store and comes out on DVD & Blue-ray on February 9th featuring a special features interview with Hugh Grant.