Hugh Grant has long cornered the market on romantic comedies, first typecast as the bumbling, uptight English gentleman in Four Weddings and a Funeral, then as the rougish, playboy in Bridget Jone’s Diary. But will his latest movie The Rewrite provide Grant with anything new?
Keith Michaels (Hugh Grant) was once an award winner screenwriter, however he hasn’t had a hit in years. When he reluctantly takes up a job teaching a screenwriting course at Binghamton University he’s surprised to find he’s actually good at it. But can he resist falling back into old patterns and ill-advised love affairs.
The Rewrite isn’t a classic rom-com, but nor is it a complete flop. It’s aims for middle of the road romance with some gentle laughs and it. I liked the fact the film focused on Keith’s class as well as the budding romance with single mum Holly (Marisa Tomei), whose also a student in his class. Tomei and Grant are both likeable in their roles and make it easier to watch. The film also benefits from having J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney in supporting roles.
The only thing is that The Rewrite doesn’t bring anything new or ground-breaking to the genre. While it’s fine to be easy watching, it couldn’t think of a lot to say about it after I finished watching it. Hence why this review is shorter than usual.
Rating 2.5/5 – a non offensive and simple rom-com