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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Jack Black
Mia Farrow
Danny Glover
Mos Def
Directors
Michel Gondry
Screenwriters
Michel Gondry
Running Time
100 minutes

Be Kind Rewind
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Be Kind Rewind

Plot
Mr. Fletcher (Danny Glover), owner of the Be Kind Rewind video store, leaves Mike (Mos Def) in charge while he fundraises to save the building. When the store’s entire stock is erased by Mike’s foul-up friend Jerry (Jack Black), the pair must do instant remakes of Hollywood hits to stay in business.


Verdict
The remake/parody sequences - trailers for which are on the official site - are outstanding, but Black’s all-over-the-place mania and Mos Def’s slightly too bland orphan hero don’t quite tie the rest of the picture together. Still, it has heart. And you’d rather see this version of Rush Hour 2 than the original.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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