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?


Some believe the term "Sweded" was created due to the Swedish government's stance on file-sharing. While many media corporations have succeeded in having files of their copyrighted works removed from Internet web sites, Sweden has treated such file sharing as a form of free speech, and a right of consumers. There is even a Swedish pro-piracy political party. The term actually was simply coined by writer and director Michel Gondry in the script, where Jack Black's character needs to justify an exorbitant fee and delay in supplying one of their custom-made videos to a customer. He indicates the reason is because it is a "very rare type of video", which needs to be imported from Sweden - "Because it's a faraway, expensive country." 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 »


Mike: [to Jerry as they begin to remake Ghost Busters] I'm Bill Murray, you're everybody else.
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References Open Water (2003) See more »


Body Move
Written by Yellowman (as Winston Foster) and Henry 'Junjo' Lawes
Published by Tafait Music, Inc. (ASCAP) and Greensleeves Publishing Ltd. (PRS)
Performed by Yellowman
Courtesy of Greensleeves Records Ltd.
License arranged by Fine Gold Productions LLC
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Pleasant, Feel-Good Flick
20 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a silly but harmless fun piece of fluff, guaranteed to put some smiles on your face and give you somewhat of a feel-good feeling when it's over. I'm sure that was the intent, and very little more. It wasn't made to astound anyone or provide huge laughs. Yet, it has a lot of charm and subtle humor.

It's a ludicrous story, so you just can't take anything seriously. The premise is unique: two guys converting a dying video rental store into a success by taking blank tapes of famous movies and making their own 20-minute versions! The new "movies" are so bad, they're good and the neighborhood starts making requests and renting the new "sweded" movies like hotcakes. Goofy? Sure. Tons of plot holes? You bet......but a nice movie.

The more films you know, beginning with "Ghostbusters," the more you'll enjoy this as the guys make these cheap knock-offs on budgets of about a hundred bucks! In addition, Jack Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover and Mia Farrow were all fun to watch.

It's no award-winner, but you could do a lot worse.

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