Hugh Grant’s name is practically synonymous with “romantic comedy,” but the British actor actually hasn’t made one since 2009’s Did You Hear About the Morgans? He’s back at it in The Rewrite, in which he stars alongside Marisa Tomei as a caddish, down-on-his-luck screenwriter who takes a job teaching at a college.
This appears to be Grant in About a Boy mode—jerky at first, but about to develop a heart. Though his character initially loads his class with too-young-for-him women and makes obnoxious comments like “I’m just a little bit tired of female empowerment,” he develops a relationship with Tomei’s age-appropriate character, and, well, you know how these things go. Allison Janney and J.K. Simmons also appear.
The movie is directed by Marc Lawrence who last worked with Grant on the poorly received Morgans. A collaboration between Grant and Lawrence isn’t always a bad sign, though, Lawrence also directed the actor in 2002’s Two Weeks Notice and 2007’s underrated Music and Lyrics.