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Be Kind Rewind

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Mos Def, Jack Black, ...
Abbot Genser

Be Kind Rewind

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
102 minutes
Wide Release Date:
02/22/08
performer:
Jack Black, Mos Def, Mia Farrow, Danny Glover
director:
Michel Gondry
distributor:
New Line Cinema
author:
Michel Gondry
genre:
Comedy

We gave it an A-

Michel Gondry’s latest is a lovable fantasia about a New Jersey video-store clerk (Mos Def) whose magnetized pal (Jack Black) erases the VHS inventory, forcing them to re-create everything from RoboCop to Driving Miss Daisy. Be Kind Rewind‘s actors play well-worn roles: Black is a tiresome maniac; Danny Glover, as the store’s owner, is cranky and wise. But their camaraderie is infectious, as is the film’s hilarious tribute to movie lovers everywhere. EXTRAS A too-short doc about the Passaic, N.J., locals who won bit parts in Rewind and — fittingly — were just thrilled to be on the big screen. A-

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