In the Rewrite Hugh Grant plays Keith Michaels a Hollywood screenwriter who penned a Golden Globe winning script for a blockbuster film called Paradise Misplaced. Unfortunately Michaels moment in the spotlight was fifteen years ago and is star is now very much on in the decline. Not only is his professional career on the slide but his marriage has collapsed, he doesn't ever see is eighteen year old son Alex and he's struggling to pay the bills.

When his agent offers him a position as a lecturer at Binghamton University in the outskirts on New York he reluctantly accepts.

After arriving at the college it's not long before Michaels is insulting his fellow faculty members and sleeping with his students. When told to pick ten students for his screenwriting course from a large box of submitted scripts he doesn't even look at the scripts but instead looks at the pupils pictures on the college website and picks them on their looks alone, the boys because their not particularly handsome and the females because they are the opposite. It's after Holly, a mature student and single mum played by Marisa Tomei gets a place in his class that Michaels starts to gel with his students and warm to his role.

The Rewrite is an easy going inoffensive rom com that has some feel good moments. Hugh Grant is just Hugh Grant and Keith Michaels could be any character that Grants played in the last twenty years. If you don't like Hugh Grant then the Rewrite isn't going to change your opinion of him. If you do like his bumbling mannerisms and one liners then there's worse ways to spend 90 minutes. One thing is guaranteed and that is you’ll come out with a smile on your face.




The Rewrite (12A)

Director: Marc Lawrence
Starring: Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei, Allison Janney, J.K Simmons, Bella Heathcote


UK Release: Wednesday 8th October 2014