TWENTY years ago, Hugh Grant donned his crown as floppy-haired prince regent of the romantic comedy in Four Weddings And A Funeral.
The Rewrite, which reunites Grant with director Marc Lawrence for the fourth time, won’t alter that perception.
Light, frothy and utterly forgettable, this flimsy tale of second-chance love and self-acceptance plays to the leading man’s strengths, endearing us to his morally flawed character despite a propensity for the occasional fib and social faux pas.
Grant could deliver this performance in his sleep so it’s fortunate that he is nuzzled by a solid supporting cast including the luminous Marisa Tomei as his potential love interest.
Once upon a time, screenwriter Keith Michaels (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 (Tomei).
A single mum working two jobs to earn her degree, the pair find themselves connected by their mutual need for a second chance.
My rating 6.5/10
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