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The Rewrite (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 13 February 2015 (USA)
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An Oscar-winning writer in a slump leaves Hollywood to teach screenwriting at a college on the East Coast, where he falls for a single mom taking classes there.







Cast overview, first billed only:
Whit Baldwin ...
Vanessa Wasche ...
Greg Nathan
Jenny Neale ...
Jenny Glick
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TSA Officer Kevin (as Kevin Kennedy)
Ali Merhi ...
TSA Agent Ali


Keith Michaels, an academy award winner for his screenplay for the movie "Paradise Misplaced", now faces the challenge of being rejected in Hollywood. To get a breakthrough he is forced to take the job he most hates, teaching. The assignment is at a college is far from his comforts and could possibly take him to a new life. Written by Thejus Joseph Jose

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A comedy about getting on the same page.


Comedy | Romance


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13 February 2015 (USA)  »

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The Reluctant Professor  »

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When Allison Janney's character says her students think she is like Elinor from Sense and Sensibility and Hugh Grant's character remarks he's familiar with that character, it's probably an in joke because in the 1995 movie Sense and Sensibility (1995) he played the love interest of Elinor Dashwood, Edward Ferrars. See more »


Early in the film we see Keith's apartment from the outside in full daylight, while he rejects a teaching position from his agent on the phone. We cut to the inside of his apartment, as ConEd cuts his power leaving him in total darkness. Did day turn to night over the span of a few seconds? See more »


Keith Michaels: Everyone loves Betty White.
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits several additional scenes are shown, including Sara crying while watching the end of "Dirty Dancing" on her computer in a library cubicle and Holly dancing with her daughters in the dance studio. See more »


References The Hurt Locker (2008) See more »


Concerto Gross in A Minor Op. 3/8, 1. Allegro
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
Courtesy of 5 Alarm / Imagem Production Music
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Hugh Grant's best though the movie's totally overlooked
27 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

Grant's a lesson in urbanity and wit in most of his movies but never as convincingly as here in this low budget but perfectly cast and beautifully written light comedy set in Binghamton, New York. The movie is about a Hollywood screenwriter who hasn't had a hit in years whose agent gets him a paying 'gig' as a college instructor teaching screen writing.

Marisa Tomei gets into his class, J.K. Simmons is Head of his department, and Chris Elliott also teaches at the college and lives next door. Allison Janney plays a pivotal part as the fearsome Professor Weldon, the Head of the Ethics Committee, in front of which Grant is taken for having an innocent affair with one of his students.

All in all I thought the comedic timing and direction near perfect and more than a little enjoyable. Clearly the stars here read the script and thought it delightful. With one caveat, that I've taught and live in a college town, I highly recommend. Hugh Grant fans will be especially enthralled but this should be a good choice for any guy too.

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