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Be Kind Rewind (2008)



Critic Consensus: Slighter and less disciplined than Gondry's previous mind-benders.

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Movie Info

Jerry is a junkyard worker who attempts to sabotage a power plant that he believes is melting his brain. But, when his plan goes awry, the magnetic field that he creates accidentally erases all of the videotapes in a local video store where his best friend Mike works. Fearing that the mishap will cost Mike his job, the two friends team up to keep the store's only loyal customer--a little old lady with a tenuous grasp on reality--from realizing what has happened by recreating and re-filming every movie that she decides to rent. From "Back to the Future," to "Robocop," to "Rush Hour," to "The Lion King," Jerry and Mike become the biggest stars in their neighborhood by starring in the biggest movies ever made.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual references)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michel Gondry
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 10, 2008
Box Office: $11.0M
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Danny Glover
as Mr. Fletcher
Mia Farrow
as Miss Falewicz
Sigourney Weaver
as Ms. Lawson
Irv Gooch
as Wilson
Gio Perez
as Randy
Frank Heins
as Patrick
Karolina Wydra
as Gabrielle Bochenski
Harvey Hogan
as Video Store Customer
Ted McElwee
as Video Store Customer
Walter Helbig
as Video Store Customer
Victor Dickerson
as Man in Video Store 1
David M. Sheppard
as Man in Video Store 2
Marc Alan Austen
as Man in Video Store 3
Paul Barman
as Young Man Watching T...
Karin Spitzer
as Young Woman Watching...
McKinley Page
as Brother McDuff
Francisco Fabian
as Simon from the Copy ...
Kishu Chand
as Alma's Sister
Ann Longo
as Miss Falewicz's Frie...
Parrie Hodges
as Miss Falewicz's Frie...
August Darnell
as West Coast Video Emp...
Jon Glaser
as West Coast Video Emp...
P.J. Byrne
as Mr. Baker
Marceline Hugot
as City Hall Employee
John Tormey
as Demolition Chief
Frank Girardeau
as Officer Gary
Matt Walsh
as Officer Julian
Paul Dinello
as Mr. Rooney
Mos Def
as Mike
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Critic Reviews for Be Kind Rewind

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (37)

What a foul junkyard of Quirk it is!

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

A glowing valentine to creativity in opposition to commerce.

Full Review… | June 7, 2009

Sua natureza auto-referencial transforma o filme numa grande homenagem ao próprio cinema.

Full Review… | December 11, 2008
Cinema em Cena

Be Kind Rewind should gather dust on both DVD and VHS shelves.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Washington Times

Once the movie starts finding its focus it becomes a very unique experience

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Sin Magazine

A surprisingly quiet and whimsical comedy about a ridiculous and unlikely series of events that turns into a nearly-as-likely miracle. Best bit: the film's own Sweded preview.

Full Review… | July 17, 2008

Audience Reviews for Be Kind Rewind


Now, I'll be honest, I find Jack Black to be a so-so actor. At time she can be pretty funny, other times he can be annoying. With Be Kind Rewind, he is very enjoyable, and gives one of his better performances. This is a very good film that is highly entertaining from start to finish, and in many ways, this is a tribute to the love of cinema. The film boasts a fun storyline, and this film is a lot of fun and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. With a good blend of comedy and feel good charm, this is a must see that boasts several film references. In terms of sheer originality, Be Kind Rewind is a standout feature that will satisfy any film lover. Jack Black is very good here, and the chemistry between him and Mos Def is terrific. The rest of the cast are great too, and each actor being something to really make this a must see comedy. I loved this film, and the script was well thought out, original and above all refreshing. There is plenty to enjoy here, and director Michel Gondry has made a film that is well worth your time. This film has plenty of heart, and memorable scenes to really make it a unique film experience. The film has a few weak moments, but overall, there are plenty of strengths here that overshadows the few weak aspects. Be Kind Rewind is a good comedy with plenty of good performances, a great story, and plenty of humor to make it a film that can exceed your expectations. I was surprised with this film, and I think I would enjoy it as much as I did, but I walked away from it, not only enjoying it, but feeling that this among Jack Black's best performances.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Jack Black and Mos Def make a good comedy and entertainment duo in Michael Gondry's heartwarming film, Be Kind Rewind. The film is clever and though has its hiccups, can't be overlooked, especially from the amount of charm and originality it provides. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


Be Kind Rewind has a decent enough storyline but it's ultimate strength is in the sweet subtext, it's heartfelt quirkiness and surrealist indie stylings. But in equal measure the belly laughs along the way. A lot of people dislike this film but what Michel Gondry is trying to express through it is one simple message, movie's are better when you do them yourself. That little meaningful movies recorded on a camcorder by anyone can be equally as important as commercialist big budget blockbusters.

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Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

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