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Be Kind Rewind (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  22 February 2008 (USA)
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Two bumbling store clerks inadvertently erase the footage from all of the tapes in their video rental store. In order to keep the business running, they re-shoot every film in the store with their own camera, with a budget of zero dollars.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike (as Mos Def)
Mr. Fletcher
Irv Gooch ...
Gio Perez ...
Basia Rosas ...
Tomasz Soltys ...
Kid 1
Blake Hightower ...
Kid 2
Kid 3


In Passaic, NJ, Elroy Fletcher runs a video store in a condemned building he claims was the birthplace of Fats Waller. Fletcher goes on a Waller centennial trip, leaving his foster son Mike in charge of the store. Mike's peculiar friend Jerry tries to sabotage a power station and nearly electrocutes himself, getting magnetized in the process. He inadvertently erases every tape in the store. Mike and Jerry hatch an plan to hide the disaster by making a homemade "Ghostbusters" to rent to a woman whom Fletcher will be phoning to check on them. Soon, with help, their homemade versions of films develop a cult following. Will this new business save the store and the building? What about Fats? Written by <>

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Sometimes the best movies are the ones we make up. See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 February 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rebobinados  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,388,146 (UK) (22 February 2008)


$11,169,531 (USA) (25 April 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michel Gondry was inspired to make this film after making Block Party (2005) which took place on one city block. Dave Chappelle was interested in playing Mike and came up with ideas of remaking Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Rush Hour 2 (2001) and Boyz n the Hood (1991). See more »


When Mr Fletcher sets off on his trip, the train leaves going back the way it came, even though Passaic does not appear to be a terminal. See more »


Jerry: [while shooting "Driving Miss. Daisy", Alma chases the car with the camera] Who is that hussy chasing after us? Be gone, hussy.
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References Mercury Rising (1998) See more »


Mr. Fletcher's Song
Written by Paul Barman, Jean-Michel Bernard and Michel Gondry
Published by Partizan Music
Performed by Jean-Michel Bernard and Moe Holmes
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Funny and endearing movie from Gondry
21 January 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The trailer really said it all about this film, and the film delivers everything it promises! What a great concept and how great a story we got from Gondry this time. Very accessible (unlike Science of Sleep) and entertaining from beginning to end. Jack Black and Mos Def play their parts well and the aforementioned is actually funny in this one, unlike a lot of his recent work. At the core of it all, Be Kind Rewind tells a great story about how you don't really need high-tech equipment to make movies. Who needs film-school when you've got your friends and a cheap camera?

I really enjoyed this film.

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