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Be Kind Rewind

Sometimes The Best Movies Are The Ones We Make Up. 

Year: 2008 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: Unknown 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Michel Gondry 
Starring: Jack Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover, Mia Farrow, Melonie Diaz.  
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Prepare yourself for something extra warm and fuzzy; particularly if you're something of a cinephile.

“Be Kind Rewind” follows the mishaps of two friends, Jerry (Jack Black) and Mike (Mos Def). Mike has been left in charge of his boss' video store for a weekend, and when Jerry manages to electro-magnetise himself (I won't tell you how but it's hilarious), it can only spell trouble. Jerry's presence wipes all the tapes blank, to the anger of loyal renters. To keep the already ailing business going, Mike and Jerry attempt to shoot their own versions of classic films, which, to their surprise, go down a treat with the locals. These lovingly crafted pieces of mayhem, not only offer Mike a way to save his boss' store from closure, but it also draws the community together in a way that will make you feel all snug and warm inside!

Michel Gondry's lastest offering is just as endearing as “Eternal Sunshine…” but nowhere near as bizarre as “Science of Sleep.” Striking a perfect balance between being quirky and being cheesy, this is essentially a movie about movies and what they mean not only to individuals, but to entire communities.

Great comic turns are provided by Jack Black and Mos Def, and these alone warrant you spending your hard earned (or loaned) pennies. Melonie Diaz provides notable support as a wannabe actress coerced into joining Jerry and Mike's scheme because they need someone to play all the female roles.

The whole film has a very retro feel, and one gets the impression that it's a personal movie for all involved. It is trying to convey to the audience how they feel about the power of film. But you don't have to be a film buff to be affected by this lovely, uplifting and very funny movie.

Stephanie Janes

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Screenings of this film:

2008/2009 Autumn Term (35mm)