It’s been a while since we’ve seen Hugh Grant doing his rom-com thing, but he’s back doing what he does best in a new film from writer-director Marc Lawrence (Two Weeks Notice). The Rewrite tells the story of a broke screenwriter (Grant) who is offered a teaching job at a university in the quiet town of Binghamton. He meets Holly (Marisa Tomei), a single mum who has decided to earn her degree. You’d never guess it, but they up end liking each other. This is light-hearted, harmless stuff, and it should prove to work well for its intended audience. Grant has almost patented this character, so his fans should be in for a good time. We’re digging that Tomei is the leading lady here, and there’s a decent supporting cast on offer too.
The Rewrite also stars Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott.
Official synopsis for The Rewrite:
Once upon a time, screenwriter Keith Michaels (Hugh Grant) was on top of the world – a Golden Globe Award and a hit movie to his name, a beautiful wife and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of wit and charm. But that was fifteen years ago: now, he’s divorced, broke, approaching fifty and hasn’t written a hit film in years. Luckily, his agent has a job for him – a university in the quiet town of Binghamton is looking for someone to teach a course in screenwriting, and with an empty wallet as his motivation, Keith can’t say no. Hoping to give minimal attention to his duties and focus on writing a new script, his attitude slowly begins to turn when he meets Holly (Marisa Tomei). A single mum working two jobs to earn her degree, the pair find themselves connected by their mutual need for a second chance.
ETA: UK – 8 October, 2014.