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You name it, we shoot it See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Jack Black ... Jerry

Mos Def ... Mike

Danny Glover ... Mr. Fletcher

Mia Farrow ... Miss Falewicz

Melonie Diaz ... Alma
Irv Gooch ... Wilson

Chandler Parker ... Craig

Arjay Smith ... Manny

Quinton Aaron ... Q
Gio Perez ... Randy
Basia Rosas ... Andrea
Tomasz Soltys ... Carl

Marcus Carl Franklin ... Kid 1
Blake Hightower ... Kid 2

Amir Ali Said ... Kid 3
David Slotkoff ... Jack
Frank Heins ... Patrick

Heather Lawless ... Sherry

Karolina Wydra ... Gabrielle Bochenski
Harvey Hogan ... Video Store Customer
Ted McElwee ... Video Store Customer
Walter Helbig ... Video Store Customer
Victor Dickerson ... Man in Video Store #1
David M. Sheppard ... Man in Video Store #2

Marc Alan Austen ... Man in Video Store #3
Paul Barman ... Young Man Watching TV
Karen Spitzer ... Young Woman Watching TV
Allie Woods Jr. ... Doctor Bent
McKinley Page ... Brother McDuff
Francisco Fabian ... Simon from the Copy Shop
Kishu Chand ... Alma's Sister
Ann Longo ... Miss Falewicz's Friend
Parrie Hodges ... Miss Falewicz's Friend / Fats' Mom

Kid Creole ... West Coast Video Employee Passaic (as August Darnell)

Jon Glaser ... West Coast Video Employee NYC

P.J. Byrne ... Mr. Baker

Marceline Hugot ... City Hall Employee

John Tormey ... Demolition Chief
Frank Girardeau ... Officer Gary

Matt Walsh ... Officer Julian

Paul Dinello ... Mr. Rooney

Sigourney Weaver ... Ms. Lawson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sacha Bourdo ... Man in queue (uncredited)

Olivia Coronel ... Kid Playing at the Park (uncredited)

Steve Cropper ... Fats Waller's fan in train (uncredited)

Anthony Guerino ... Laundromat Patron (uncredited)

Booker T. Jones ... Fats Waller's fan in train (uncredited)
Loukas Papas ... Tophat Harry (uncredited)
Jimmy Scott ... Fats Waller's fan in train (uncredited)
McCoy Tyner ... Fats Waller's fan in train (uncredited)
Todd Travis Warrick ... Store Patron (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michel Gondry 
Writing credits
Michel Gondry (written by)

Produced by
Raffi Adlan .... associate producer
Georges Bermann .... producer
Toby Emmerich .... executive producer
Julie Fong .... producer
Michel Gondry .... producer
Ann Ruark .... co-producer
Guy Stodel .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jean-Michel Bernard 
Cinematography by
Ellen Kuras 
Film Editing by
Jeff Buchanan 
Casting by
Jeanne McCarthy 
Production Design by
Dan Leigh 
Art Direction by
James Donahue 
Set Decoration by
Ron von Blomberg 
Costume Design by
Rahel Afiley 
Kishu Chand 
Makeup Department
Kashka Banjoko .... hair stylist: Danny Glover
Christine Cantrell .... additional hair stylist
Jerry DeCarlo .... additional hair stylist
Marjorie Durand .... makeup department head (as Margie Durand)
Suzy Mazzarese-Allison .... hair department head (as Suzy Mazzarese Allison)
Roz Music .... hair stylist: Jack Black
Roz Music .... makeup artist: Jack Black
Tobe West .... key makeup artist
Victoria Wood .... wig maker (as Victoria Woods)
Production Management
Gwen Bialic .... production supervisor
Becky Glupczynski .... production supervisor: additional photography
Kendall McCarthy .... post-production supervisor
Ann Ruark .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Catherine Bloch .... additional second assistant director
David Fischer .... second second assistant director
Michael Hausman .... first assistant director
Jesse Nye .... second assistant director
Art Department
Robert Antalocy .... carpenter
Stuart Auld .... scenic artist
Russell Barnes .... art department coordinator
Julia Barraclough .... scenic foreman
Gene Buser .... scenic artist
Jeff Butcher .... property master
Robert Calabrese .... set dresser
Daniel Ciampa .... scenic artist (as Dan Chiampa)
Doug Coleman .... set dresser (as Douglas Coleman)
Jeffrey Czaja .... scenic artist (as Jeffery Czaja)
Eva P. Davy .... charge scenic (as Eva Davy)
Frank DeCurtis .... set dresser foreman
Guido DeCurtis .... lead man
Louise DeCurtis .... set dresser
Amy Dholakia-Jorand .... graphic artist (as Amy Dholakia)
Gordon Dukes .... set dresser
Daniel Fisher .... second prop
Kley Gilbuena .... third prop
Paul Halligan .... best boy construction grip
Thomas E. Halligan .... construction grip (as Thomas Halligan)
Jeffrey Halls .... carpenter
Madeline O. Hartling .... scenic artist (as Madeline Hartling)
Colt Hausman .... scenic artist
Jay Hendrickx .... stand-by scenic artist
Akeo Ihara .... manufacturing prop
Teddy Janicki .... shop scenic
Jon Kim .... additional props (as Jonathan Kim)
Jon Kim .... set dresser
Bradley Klipp .... set dresser (as Brad Klipp)
Jesse Klipp .... set dresser
Diane J. Laurienzo .... scenic artist (as Diane Laurienzo)
Jonathan B. Lee .... set dresser
Daniela Mamon .... set dresser
Carlton McClarence .... set dresser
Bruce McNally .... scenic artist
Fred Merusi .... construction coordinator
Richard Morris .... stand-by dresser
Wayne Moss .... shop foreman
Evan C. Newell .... shop production assistant
Arne Olsen Jr. .... construction grip
Arne Olsen .... key construction grip
John Olsen .... set dresser
Jon Oshima .... prop fabrication
Beatrice Pegard .... art intern
Gerarda Pizzarello .... scenic artist
Louis J. Porzio .... key carpenter (as Louis Porzio)
Steven Prestigiacomo .... set dresser
Susan Raney .... additional decorator
Deed Rossiter .... set dresser
Tim Rossiter .... prop fabrication
John Shimrock .... scenic artist
Noreen Souza-Bailey .... art intern
Susan Tatom .... set dresser
Jane Thurn .... scenic artist
Dennis Tillberg .... scenic artist
Andrew M. Velechenko .... carpenter (as Andrew Velechenko)
Danielle Webb .... prop fabrication
Eric West .... on-set dresser
Monica Wille .... art department production assistant
Paul J. Wilson .... construction grip (as J. Paul Wilson)
Ioannis Zaptis .... additional shopman
Tomas Zeman .... art researcher
Brandon Cook .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jen Day .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Alison Ford .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Isaac Gabaeff .... set dresser (uncredited)
Kevin L. Raper .... additional graphic artist (uncredited)
Rob Yapkowitz .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gina Alfano .... adr editor
Jamie Baker .... supervising foley editor
David Corcoran .... apprentice sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Elisabeth Giglio .... post-production sound facility: C5
Jeanne Gilliland .... boom operator
Anguibe Guindo .... sound utility (as A. G. Guindo)
Eric Hirsch .... sound re-recordist
Paul Hsu .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Hsu .... supervising sound editor
Frank Kern .... foley editor
Doe Kim-Corcoran .... post-production sound facility: C5 (as Doe Kim)
Dan Korintus .... dialogue editor
George A. Lara .... foley mixer (as George Lara)
Lisa J. Levine .... adr editor (as Lisa Levine)
Marissa Littlefield .... supervising adr editor
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor (as Branka Mrkic-Tana)
Egor Panchenko .... playback operator
Egor Panchenko .... second boom operator
Mary Ellen Porto .... adr editor
Paul Sacco .... sound consultant: Dolby
Alex Soto .... assistant sound editor
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeffrey Stern .... dialogue editor
Sara Stern .... first assistant sound editor
Pawel Wdowczak .... sound mixer
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Robert Troeller .... sound technician (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Russell Berg .... special effects coordinator (as Russell J. Berg)
Chris Jordan .... second special effects
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects manufacturer (as Steve Kirshoff)
Tim Rossiter .... special effects coordinator
Danielle Webb .... third special effects
Doug Coleman .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Fabien Charbonnier .... system administrator: BUF
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals: EFilm
Melanie Cussac .... visual effects producer: BUF
Aaron Dorn .... digital opticals producer: EFilm
Nadia Essid .... cg artist: BUF
Nicholas Grieco .... imaging display technician: EFilm
Frederique Gyuran .... cg artist: BUF
Gregory Jennings .... visual effects artist
Fabrice Lagayette .... visual effects supervisor: BUF
Christopher Marzullo .... video & systems engineer: EFilm
Cynthia Mourou .... visual effects producer: BUF
Isabelle Perin-Leduc .... cg artist: BUF
Nolwenn Rimbault .... cg artist: BUF
Jean-Gabriel Saint-Paul .... visual effects consultant: Partizan Lab
Danita Slaughter .... digital opticals editor: EFilm
François-Xavier Aubague .... visual effects producer: BUF (uncredited)
Pierre Escande .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Nicolas Jauffret .... software research & development: BUF (uncredited)
Thomas Mathai .... data manager (uncredited)
Matt Berkoski .... stunt player
Scott Burik .... stunt player
Bob Colletti .... stunt double: Jerry
Jeffrey Lee Gibson .... stunt player (as Jeff Gibson)
Don Hewitt .... stunts: train conductor (as Don Hewitt Sr.)
Dave Pope .... stunts: band member (as David Pope)
Stephen A. Pope .... stunt coordinator (as Stephen Pope)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stuart Allen .... technocrane technician
Sebastián Almeida .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Diaz Alzaro .... grip
Darren Arnaud .... grip
Tony Arnaud .... best boy grip
Kelly Britt .... additional electrician
Patrick Capone .... technocrane operator (as Pat Capone)
Brian Carmichael .... video playback operator
Anne Carson .... camera loader
Carlos Cibils .... spacecam technician
Joshua Crawford .... grip
Lamont Crawford .... key grip
Andrea Cronin-Souza .... electrician
Kerwin DeVonish .... first assistant camera: video
James J. Ferris .... electrician (as James Ferris)
Ken Finlay .... shop electrician
Vadim Furman .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Abbot Genser .... still photographer
Keith Gordon .... grip
Carlos Omar Guerra .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Carlos Guerra)
Craig Paul Harris .... electrician (as Craig P. Harris)
Sandy Hays .... steadicam operator
Diane Koronkiewicz .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Dianne Koronkiewicz)
Charles Libin .... additional camera operator (as Charlie Liben)
Robert McGavin .... shop electrician (as Robert J. McGavin)
Jim McMillian .... grip (as Jim McMillian)
John C. Nadeau .... gaffer (as John Nadeau)
Chris Norr .... camera operator: 'a' camera
David Norris .... spacecam operator
Craig Pecchia .... camera intern
Mario Pignard Jr. .... balloon operator
Tom Potoskie .... best boy electric (as Thomas W. Potoskie)
Charles Quinlivan .... dolly grip: "a" camera (as Charley Quinlivan)
Anthony Fung Rai .... grip (as Tony Fung Rai)
Christopher Raymond .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Guillaume Renberg .... lambda head operator
Philip Rothwell .... spacecam technician
Joseph Sciretta .... shop electrician
Brooke Stanford .... electrician
John Tanzer .... generator operator
Dana Turken .... additional camera loader
Christopher Vaccaro .... grip (as Chris Vacarro)
Craig Vaccaro .... key rigging grip
Nicky 'Nuckles' Vaccaro .... rigging best boy grip (as Nick Vaccaro)
Joy Weber .... electrician
Robin Wilby .... video intern
Fernando Gayesky .... additional assistant camera (uncredited)
Kim Marcelino .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Michael C. Maronna .... electrician (uncredited)
J. Dan Wright .... light balloon technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Nicole Abellera .... casting associate
Kathleen Chopin .... additional casting
Jules Cortez .... extras casting assistant
Mellicent Dyane .... extras casting: Dyane-Foster Casting
Paulita McLaughlin .... extras casting assistant
Rocio Munoz .... extras casting assistant
Eric Zuckerman .... casting associate: New York (as Eric 'Rudy' Zuckerman)
Joanne Bloom .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Morgan Donaho .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Merav Elbaz Belschner .... seamstress (as May Elbaz)
Jessica Chaney .... key set costumer
Louis Gropman .... costume production assistant
Tonya Huskey .... costume supervisor
Jackie Freeman .... additional costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Wayne Adams .... digital intermediate core project manager: EFilm
Cameron Arguelles .... positive assembler
Kenny Becker .... color timer
Terra Bliss-Alvarez .... digital intermediate producer (as Terra Bliss)
Glen Darte Castillo .... digital intermediate bidding producer: EFilm
Michael Cooper .... digital intermediate senior manager: EFilm
Eileen Godoy .... digital intermediate producer
Cathy Hair .... telecine supervisor: Modern Video Film
Nat Jencks .... second assistant editor
Alex Kopit .... first assistant editor (as Alexander Kopit)
Natasha Leonnet .... digital film colorist
Curtis Lindersmith .... digital intermediate editor
Marc Lulkin .... digital intermediate color assist
Scott Maloney .... telecine colorist: Modern Video Film
Jessica Mazzer .... digital intermediate quality control supervisor: EFilm
Eric Putz .... telecine colorist: Modern Video Film
Tom Reiser .... digital intermediate color assist
Alec Styborski .... editing room assistant
Jesse Wagler .... assistant digital intermediate editor: EFilm
Justin Worthington .... digital intermediate assistant
Music Department
Jean-Michel Bernard .... conductor
Jean-Michel Bernard .... musician: piano, B3, rhodes
Jean-Michel Bernard .... orchestrator
Dan Bora .... music preparation
Ronnie Buttacavoli .... musician: trumpet
Hector Castillo .... score engineer
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Tass Filipos .... music editor
François Gauthier .... assistant score engineer
Michel Gondry .... musician: drums
Smokey Hormel .... musician: guitar
Thomas Jamois .... soundtrack coordinator
Tim Luntzil .... musician: bass (as Tim Luntzel)
Bruno Mercere .... score engineer
Nico Muhly .... additional orchestrator
Ichiho Nishiki .... assistant score engineer
Charles Pillow .... musician: flute, clarinet (as Charlie Pillow)
Mauro Refosco .... musician: percussion
Chris Rusca .... conductor: band, Passaic High School Band
Christian Rutledge .... scoring studio manager
Jean-Michel Tavernier .... orchestra manager: Paris Symphonic Orchestra
Adam Thompson .... assistant score engineer
Pedro H. da Silva .... musician: electric guitar (uncredited)
Bruno Mercere .... music recording mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Larry 'Hot Dog' Alayon .... driver (as Larry 'Hot Dog' Alayon)
Henry S. Avelin .... transportation captain
Ronald Baum .... driver
Ian Bharath .... driver
Geoffrey Braden .... driver (as Geoff Braden)
Matthew Callagy .... driver
John Coffey .... driver
Ed Deveau .... driver
Donald Fernicola .... driver
William Ferrick .... driver
Kevin Grzan .... driver
Tom Harris .... driver
Paul Kane .... driver
Dennis Kelly .... transportation co-captain
John Kelly .... driver
William 'Mac' Maquez .... driver (as Mac Maquez)
Dave Meyers .... driver
Ed Savago .... driver
Joseph Scarpone .... driver (as Joe Scarpone)
Dominick Vitale .... driver
Other crew
Nick Aase .... production office intern
Purva Amar .... additional assistant
Esailama Arty-Duolif .... assistant: Mr. Glover
Daniel Atherton .... production assistant
John Bair .... title designer: main titles, Edgework
Lance Bangs .... behind-the-scenes documentarian
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Patrick Barile .... craft service
Marc Birch .... stand-in: Jack Black
Deborah Blake .... additional set medic
Anna Bosco .... payroll accountant
Fatima Bradley .... assistant: Mos Def
Katie Brewer Ball .... production assistant
Lauren Buchholz .... production office intern
Laurie Cartwright .... risk management
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Li-Wei Chu .... physical production coordinator: Partizan Films
Chris Cloud .... unit location assistant
Alison Cohen .... production counsel: Epstein, Levinson, Bodine & Weinstein (as Alison S. Cohen)
Wendy Cohen .... additional clearances
Amélie Couvelaire .... assistant: Mr. Berman
Gina M. Crane .... consultant: product placement
Evan Cunningham .... production office intern
Mary Cybulski .... script supervisor
Alison Davis .... assistant production coordinator
Kerri Doherty .... production assistant
Jeff Egan .... production safety
Jonathan Ellis .... set medic
Michael Feld .... intern
Scott Ferlisi .... location assistant
T.G. Firestone .... additional behind-the-scenes documentarian
Amanda Foley .... location coordinator
Glenn Gardner .... production assistant
Dennis Greene .... wireless transmitter operator
Eddie Griffith .... production assistant: first team
Alexander Hammer .... additional assistant
Peter Hutchison .... production accountant
Chris Kanarick .... unit publicist: IDPR
Lisa Kelley .... additional assistant
Meaghan Kloosterman .... additional assistant
Jeremy Konner .... assistant: Mr. Black
Juliette Lambours .... production assistant
Nathalie Lapicorey .... assistant: Georges Bermann
Bebe Lerner .... unit publicist: IDPR
Alan Loayza .... additional assistant
Gabriella Ludlow .... contracts administrator
Vanessa Mack .... production office intern
Rickey Marcus .... parking production assistant
Hedia Maron .... production office intern
Chris Marsh .... assistant location manager (as Christopher Marsh)
Nic Marshall .... production office intern
John Merchant .... production secretary
Nicole Michaelis .... script research assistant
Andrew Michaeloff .... additional assistant
Jennifer Mount .... risk management
Kirsten Norr .... production assistant
Derek Pastures .... parking coordinator
Garrett G. Pastures .... assistant parking coordinator (as Garrett Pastures)
Andrew Poppoon .... location assistant
Anwar Prescott .... stand-in: Mos Def
Abdul Rahman .... assistant: Mos Def
Carrie Raisler .... additional assistant
Oliver Refson .... production assistant
Christina I. Rodriguez .... production assistant (as Christina Rodriguez)
Matt Ruzga .... assistant chef
Josh Sandler .... production counsel: Epstein, Levinson, Bodine & Weinstein
Ben Schoen .... title designer: end titles, Scarlet Letters
Julia Seidel .... additional assistant
Julianna Selfridge .... risk management (as Juliana Selfridge)
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Aidan Shah .... accounting clerk
Jonathan Sinaw .... production assistant
Aaron Stewart-Ahn .... additional behind-the-scenes documentarian
Carlos Terronez .... first helper
David Toller .... assistant: Mos Def
Anthony Torre .... chef
Kristin Torre .... assistant chef
Daniel Tresca .... location assistant (as Dan Tresca)
Lee Tucker .... preview technical supervisor
Ricardo Uhagon Vivas .... production assistant
Julie Van den Bulck .... assistant: Mr. Bermann
Gayle Vangrofsky .... location manager
Christian Vendetti .... key production assistant
Daniel Wagner .... production coordinator
Marc Walsh .... first assistant accountant
Atilla Salih Yücer .... additional key production assistant
Dawn Barkan .... animal coordinator (uncredited)
Rich Brush .... production assistant (uncredited)
Wayne Cerullo .... ground operator (uncredited)
Gleanna Doyle .... cat trainer (uncredited)
Laurence Granec .... press attache: France (uncredited)
Russ Klein .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Karine Menard .... press attache: France (uncredited)
Alex Paster .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Nicholas Walker .... production assistant (uncredited)
Walter F. Parkes .... thanks
Ivan Reitman .... thanks

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual references
102 min
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Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:M | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Denmark:A | Finland:K-3 | France:U | Germany:o.Al. | Greece:K | Hong Kong:IIA | Iceland:L | Ireland:12A | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:AL | New Zealand:M | Norway:7 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (TV rating) | South Korea:12 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #43318)

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Director Michel Gondry insisted on using the inhabitants of Passaic, New Jersey, where the film was shot and is set, as extras and some as prominent actors throughout the film. The scene where the inhabitants get to see "Fats Waller was Born in Passaic" (the biopic and only non-Sweded production) playing on the video store window actually featured the inhabitants watching the movie they had worked long and hard on for the very first time.See more »
Factual errors: 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:What's happening to our hood?See more »
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References Blast from the Past (1999)See more »
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39 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
Charming, intertextual tribute to the cinematic arts, 2 March 2008
Author: pyrocitor from Ontario, Canada

Considering the vast array of films whose subject matter introspectively deal with the nature of their medium in itself, it should come as no real surprise that few films paying tribute to the film industry itself boast more than a smile or two in terms of quality. After all, how could such self-serving Hollywood love letters come across as anything more than pretentious and self-congratulatory? It would seem eclectic director Michel Gondry has found the answer, by crafting a film with charm, but not Hollywood glitz, with humour but not generic sight gags, and with heart, but no mainstream sap - Be Kind Rewind is the end result, and a truly laudable feat as consequence.

If taken at face value, Be Kind Rewind may appear simplistic to the point of appearing patronizing at times, but Gondry is too shrewd to operate on directorial autopilot, and instead allows the form and cinematics of his own feature to mimic the unassuming homemade feel of his protagonists' shorts. Indeed, upon closer examination there is much to appreciate, as the structure of the film itself can be taken as allegorical for the development of the film industry itself and its ups and downs: a couple of men fooling around with cameras with no real idea what they were doing impulsively deciding to make movies, which steadily become more streamlined and mass produced (a montage sequence joyfully alludes to the days of "assembly line" Hollywood studio production) as they increasingly become less about art and more about making money. The film also makes witty references to the scare of video pirating in today's culture as well as an examination of the changing home viewing technologies, and the inevitable transition from more nostalgic days of video cassettes to DVDs. But Gondry's film also celebrates the enormous cultural significance of film, and glimpses at the joy of producing them and the heart-warming reaction of viewer enjoyment. Quite simply, Be Kind Rewind can be taken in a nutshell as a movie about loving the movies, which, although potentially coming across as too schmaltzy for some, is surprisingly touching as opposed to dissolving in a mess of Hollywood glitz.

Although the film is without question not without its faults, they scarcely detract from a film so unpretentiously touching and charming. Yes there are certain prominent lapses of credulity, logic, and even some paltry special effects (whether intentionally so or not, they do stand out). Yes some parts do undeniably drag or appear to be slightly off track, and the script carries the "improvised low budget feel" a bit too far in certain segments. But such concerns are easily forgiven when the final product is so earnestly enjoyable, and the "remake" sequences (as Black and Def lampoon such films as Ghostbusters, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Boyz 'n the Hood and Rush Hour 2) are comedic gold, and feel disappointingly rushed, considering their being the primary draw of the film. Similarly, the film's genuinely moving finale is a triumph - one feels transported to the earliest days of audiences screening silent films in a flickering theater with only a whimsical solo piano accompanying, and it hard to resist giving in to the sweeping feeling of genuine nostalgia and heart rather than typical Hollywood tear-jerking. And perhaps this exemplifies the film in itself: one gets the feeling the film could have reached and easily succeeded loftier or more profound aims, but ultimately the film doesn't pretend to be anything but what it is: a celebration of the art of creation and a parable for the love of film-making and its cultural significance.

Gondry's cast similarly light up the screen with enough infectious enthusiasm and good natured quirkiness to easily sell an occasionally rocky concept. The boundless charisma of Jack Black is put to perfect use as the irrepressible Jerry, taking a bumbling, attention seeking anarchistic character and still effortlessly capturing the hearts of his audience. Mos Def's offbeat comedic talents also perfectly compliment the film's quirky tone, and while undeniably funny, Def is given a chance to shine dramatically in several understated emotional scenes, and he rises to the challenge. Backing up the two charismatic leads, Danny Glover brings class and authority to the role of the gruff video store owner Mr. Fletcher, and Mia Farrow brings dignity and offbeat comedy simultaneously as an eccentric video rental patron. Melonie Diaz makes a lovably bizarre addition to the inspired pairing of Black and Def as an aspiring actress roped into the duo's movie-making frenzy, and a delightful cameo from Sigourney Weaver is priceless, especially considering the earlier Ghostbusters spoof.

For whatever faults or shortcomings, Gondry's film boasts such low key, unassuming heart and charm that it is almost impossible to dislike. While not as overall funny as one might hope for, it is exceptionally hard to resist a smile creeping onto one's face throughout, and the film proves surprisingly moving, despite the noticeable lack of Hollywood emotional showiness. Be Kind Rewind is somewhat of an anomaly in its unpretentious refusal to be anything apart from what it intended to be - a movie about celebrating the joys of making and experiencing movies it hard to resist, and Gondry's film is just cute and unassuming enough to pull it off with considerable skill.


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