The Rewrite

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The Rewrite
Directed by Marc Lawrence
Produced by Liz Glotzer
Martin Shafer
Written by Marc Lawrence
Music by Clyde Lawrence
Cinematography Jonathan Brown
Edited by Ken Eluto
Castle Rock Ent.
Reserve Room
Distributed by FilmNation Entertainment
Release date(s)
Running time 106 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Rewrite is a romantic comedy film directed by Marc Lawrence based on a screenplay he wrote. The film stars Hugh Grant as a washed-up screenwriter who begins teaching at a small college and Marisa Tomei as a single mom with whom the screenwriter finds romance. The film began development at Castle Rock Entertainment in October 2012, and filming began in New York in April 2013. The Rewrite premiered at a gala screening at the Shanghai International Film Festival on June 15, 2014.


Keith Michaels (Grant) is a washed-up British screenwriter who had won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay in 1998. Since then, he had divorced and gone broke. He begins teaching a screenwriting course at a small college on the East Coast and falls in love with a single mother (Tomei).[1]



The Rewrite is written and directed by Marc Lawrence. The project began development at Castle Rock Entertainment. In October 2012, actor Hugh Grant was cast in the film's starring role. His casting marked the fourth collaboration between Lawrence, Castle Rock, and Grant. Their previous films were Two Weeks Notice, Music and Lyrics, and Did You Hear About the Morgans?[2] In November of 2012, actor Marisa Tomei entered negotiations to star opposite Grant.[3] In the following March, Bella Heathcote joined the cast. Variety reported, "This film would give Heathcote some lighter material after breaking out in serious projects," referring to In Time and Not Fade Away.[4] Later in the month, Allison Janney, J. K. Simmons, and Chris Elliott joined the cast.[5]

Filming began in New York in April 2013.[6]


FilmNation Entertainment handled sales of The Rewrite's distribution in territories outside the United States.[7] The film premiered at a gala screening at the Shanghai International Film Festival on June 15, 2014.[8][9]

Critical reception[edit]

The Hollywood Reporter's Elizabeth Kerr said The Rewrite was not groundbreaking as a romantic comedy but that "it is a pleasant diversion for fans of the form". Kerr considered the film an improvement from Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009) and said while it was initially similar to Liberal Arts (2012) with "its aggressive academic and literary tone", it fell back on romantic comedy conventions. The film critic found that Grant "embraces his maturity" as an older version of his typical character but that Tomei's character was "painfully underwritten". Kerr said the supporting characters would be forgettable if the actors cast were not so strong.[10]


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