Some Hugh Grant romantic comedies are objectively good (a few of them are even great), others aren’t. But, for some reason, I tend to like them all. Good and bad. Which means I’ll be seeing The Rewrite even though it was directed by Marc Lawrence (Two Weeks Notice), who does not tend to make my favorite Grant movies. The addition of the always-welcome Marisa Tomei evens that out.
Going off the trailer, I’m pretty sure I know every single beat of the movie already. It doesn’t appear to be in the league of Notting Hill or About a Boy anything like that, but it also doesn’t look as bad as Nine Months. The film also stars Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott. There’s no domestic release date yet but Lionsgate is releasing the pic in the UK on October 8th. Hit the jump for The Rewrite trailer.
Here’s the 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.