Be Kind Rewind

DVD - 2008
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Be Kind Rewind
Two local outcasts attempt to save a local video store. Amateur film director Mike must find a way to save the business after his magnetized friend, Jerry, erases every movie in the store. Using an outdated video camera and their own special effects, the two embark on an adventure to remake all the movies, from "Ghostbusters" to "Driving Miss Daisy," turning the two town misfits into local celebrities.

Publisher: Burbank, CA : New Line Home Entertainment, c2008
ISBN: 0780680332
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE B
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jan 03, 2015
  • Nursebob rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

When the owner of a ramshackle video rental outlet goes on a short vacation he leaves his inexperienced assistant in charge of the business. The boss is only gone a few hours when the assistant’s schizoid friend accidentally erases all the VHS tapes in the store (he was apparently “magnetized” while trying to blow up a power plant or something. Never mind, it’s not important). Anyway. Rather than toss out the store’s entire inventory the two men decide to use the erased cassettes to tape their own versions of the lost films. Unbelievably their cheap amateur 20-minute remakes prove to be very popular and business is soon booming with eager customers lining up to buy the “sweded” versions of everything from “Driving Miss Daisy” to “Last Tango in Paris”. It doesn’t take long for the bubble to burst however. Not only are the men slapped with a series of copyright infringement lawsuits from the major studios but the city serves notice that they intend to demolish the building in which the store is located unless the owner can come up with sixty thousand dollars for repairs. Their solution? Make an original movie starring everyone in the neighbourhood to try and raise the necessary cash before the bulldozers move in. I really wanted to like this film....not only does it satirize America’s “Blockbuster” mentality but it also throws a few well placed jabs at corporate Hollywood in the process. Unfortunately it is just not that good. Gondry often sacrifices logic for a silly gag or mawkish sentimentality and Jack Black joins Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey on my list of extremely annoying character actors. In it’s own strange way though it is a love letter of sorts to the magic of cinema......a poorly worded letter with lots of spelling errors and written in crayon.......but sincere nonetheless.

Apr 14, 2013
  • teddypawz rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was totally out of the norm. Loved it. I try to get my kids to do movie makeovers in their own eyes. Funny!

Dec 26, 2012
  • Monuu rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I like this movie it's different and it was cute

Sep 18, 2012
  • black_dog_4723 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

slightly entertaining!

Aug 08, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this one =, Jack Black and Mos Def are both incredibly good in this one. I would recommend this to fans of screwball comedies.

Mar 11, 2011
  • Amalthea rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It was only a little funny...and mostly boring. But if you like Jack Black movies, then at least give it a try.

Jan 03, 2011
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

What started off as a fun film with an interesting nod to what once was great (the oh-so-beautiful big-boxed VHS) ended off with a completely different tone, resulting in a confusing and extremely off-putting mess that couldn't decide whether it was a comedic flick or a moving motion picture.

Oct 14, 2010
  • seanfancy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

this was so fabulous.

Jan 19, 2010
  • loonylovesgood rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not as good as I had hoped, but still a creative little flick.

Mar 30, 2009
  • GGirl rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I'm sure this movie was a lot of fun to make.
It almost seems like the point of the film.
The movie wanted the viewer to feel more emotions towards it's characters and it almost happens but doesn't.
I heard many of the locals we used in the film to support the community.

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Aug 08, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Jerry: We did it...because we're Ghostbusters!
[gives thumbs up]

Aug 08, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Jerry: My brain's been paranized!

Aug 08, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Wilson: Are you the Key Holder or the Gate Keeper?


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Aug 08, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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Aug 08, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Two bumbling store clerks inadvertently erase the footage from all of the tapes in their video rental store. In order to keep the business running, they re-shoot every film in the store with their own camera, with a budget of zero dollars.


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Aug 08, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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