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Be Kind Rewind

2008
Comedy
1h 42m
A man whose brain becomes magnetized unintentionally destroys every tape in his friend's video store. In order to satisfy the store's most loyal renter, an aging woman with signs of dementia, the two men set out to remake the lost films.
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57th
76
There's a little more here than one would expect. Jack Black is still his same type cast self, Mos Def is a little too deadpan, and Weaver, Glover, and Farrow are unutilized. With the cards stacked against it, "Be Kind Rewind" comes out on top because of themes of community, history, and comradery--something throwaway comedies like this seldom attempt to capture. Light-hearted, but good-natured fare.
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15th
2
Lacking in humor, but there's more than enough heart. The problem with Be Kind Rewind - one of them, anyway - is that it advertises itself as a comedy, when it's really more of a feel-good picture with some funny moments interspersed throughout the picture. It fails to live up to its main concept, but creates an interesting story despite that. It's a bit of a mess, but enjoyable nonetheless.
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62nd
75
Enjoyable and fun comedy. Admittedly it won't be as enjoyable if you haven't seen the films it references with it's shoe-string budget remakes but that's to be expected with this type of movie. Jack Black and Mos Def are a great comedic team. I must note that the chain link fence camo joke was ridiculous and incredibly hilarious. While Be Kind Rewind isn't packed with Gondry's trademark surrealism there is enough to please his fans here. Worth seeing for sure.
Rated
15th
64
I hate to dump on this movie, because it does have some funny moments and has some real originality, but it's just not very good. Black is pretty annoying, the entire premise is too absurd to be treated as seriously as the film does, and all that originality is shoehorned into an incredibly cliché narrative. Still, the filming bits, which were about half the movie, were entertaining and on the whole it has enough heart to be enjoyable.
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64th
73
As a movie itself, it definitely has its setbacks. The plot isn't so great, especially the ending, and it drags in a couple spots. But the sweded movies are just so fun, so clever and charming, that I can forgive the rest. Black and Mos Def have a good chemistry, and you can just see how much fun Gondry is having behind the camera. Which is appropriate, because even though it might not be in the plot, this movie is about the joy and magic of moviemaking, and in that respect it succeeds.
Avg Percentile 40.14% from 4468 total ratings
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