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DVD Release: The Rewrite

April 7, 2015

By John Corrado

The Rewrite DVDElevation Pictures is releasing The Rewrite on DVD.  Keith Michaels (Hugh Grant) is an award-winning screenwriter who is past his prime in Hollywood, and begrudgingly takes a teaching job at a small town university.  But despite his initial inappropriate behaviour and attempts to avoid actual work, the class, including mature student Holly Carpenter (Marisa Tomei), might just help him overcome writer’s block.

Although flying pretty much under the radar and going straight to DVD, The Rewrite is quite a nice surprise.  Yes, the story follows some of the same beats as a traditional romantic comedy, but director Marc Lawrence infuses his screenplay with enough clever references and sharply written scenes for even more serious film watchers to enjoy.

Elevated by a multitude of likeable performances, including charming leading work from Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei, as well as memorable supporting roles for J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney among others, The Rewrite is a thoroughly entertaining film that actually has some smart things to say about the creative writing process.  This is an enjoyable film that’s well worth checking out on DVD.

The DVD includes deleted scenes and a “making of” featurette.

The Rewrite is 107 minutes and rated 14A.

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