The Rewrite

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Release: February, 2015.

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Plot: An Oscar-Winning writer is in a rut. He can’t get any work in Hollywood. He is resorted to taking a teaching job at Binghamton University. 

I was lucky enough to attend an advanced screening of The Rewrite as well as a Q & A held afterward with star of the film, Hugh Grant and the writer/director, Marc Lawrence. This was a special experience for me because I am a Binghamton University Alum. Watching this film filled me with Binghamton pride!

The film itself was cute, much like Marc Lawrence’s other films. He writes romantic comedies and he writes them well. There was the protagonist, the man that’s in a rut. Said protagonist used to be on top, he longs for the good ole’ days, he longs for his former glory. It seems to be all down hill from here. He hits rock bottom, which for Keith (Hugh Grant) is a teaching job at Binghamton University until he becomes inspired by a hard working woman that just gets him. 

This is a typical story line but it’s one that works in any situation with any character of any age or ethnicity. This is a love story that is extremely likable because it is relate-able. 

The Rewrite has many laugh out loud moments but it had even more heart warming “aww” out loud moments. This is a sweet, adorable, heart warming film. I even teared up a few times. The Rewrite is definitely worth checking out, especially if you love romantic comedies. 

Go Bearcats! 

Barney’s Version

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Release Date: 2011

Plot Outline: This is the touching story of Barney Panofsky. A politically incorrect, selfish, self absorbed man.

Barney’s Version was a beautiful depiction of a man’s life from the years of his youth to his final days. This film reminded me of the beginning sequence of Pixar’s, Up, only as a whole movie. Barney’s Version was something special. It was enchanting and engaging. Barney’s Version completely captivated me and I still want more, even weeks after seeing the film.

I loved the various relationships in this film. The relationship between Barney and his significant others, his best friend, and his children are all fascinating dynamics that I long to know more about. I couldn’t get enough of Barney’s interactions with his family and friends.

Barney is a fascinating character. He is self serving but also a caring person to a degree. He is extremely unlikable but I found myself rooting for him and feeling sorry for him a lot of the time. Because Barney is self serving, we see the way other characters in this film are affected by his selfishness and negative behavior. This film shows us that the decisions we make and the way we treat others has a large effect on other people’s lives and our relationships with the people in our lives. Barney’s (Paul Giamatti) choices show us how each decision we make in our lives can impact the rest of our life in ways we never could have imagined. Barney’s Version shows us how short and precious life is and that our decisions and our behavior matters.

This is a film that will warm your heart and break it at the same time. This is a film that will leave you thinking about your own life for a while. It is very touching and incredibly enjoyable to watch.

Barney’s Version is precious. I highly recommend this movie. It is a unique cinematic experience.

Terri

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My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Release Date: July, 2011

Plot Outline: An overweight teen lives his life

Terri... I don’t really know what to make of this movie. Terri was very bland. The entire movie felt monotone and uneventful. There weren’t any life lessons to be learned or anything of the sort and yet…I really enjoyed it. I just can’t tell you the exact reasons why.

Terri was charming in a way. The relationships throughout the film were sweet and warmed my heart. The characters were very likable and overall the film had a very realistic feel, which makes it easy to relate to.

The character Chad disturbed me. It was very obvious that he has many emotional and psychological issues. He made a few scenes tense and uncomfortable.

In my opinion, Terri wasn’t anything special but I enjoyed watching it. I just don’t think I will remember it for very long and I am uncertain of the purpose of the film.