Be Kind Rewind, comedy film
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  • If you were to eliminate all the pointless scenes in this movie then you would have only twenty minutes of footage, something that is quite funny when you consider how long the movies our characters make in this movie
  • I found myself enjoying this extra a lot more than the actual film


    • by Sami Oughanem

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      Comedy movies are hard to make any more. A good comedy tends to please the audience for its entire length. A bad comedy only has enough laughs to make the trailer look good. Be Kind Rewind is one of those comedy movies that sort of falls in-between the cracks as being good one moment and then real bad.

      Be Kind Rewind will make you laugh whenever the trailer scenes pop up. If you were to eliminate all the pointless scenes in this movie then you would have only twenty minutes of footage, something that is quite funny when you consider how long the movies our characters make in this movie.

      Michel Gondry’s last good movie was Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Ever since that time Gondry either has released thuds or music videos. Be Kind Rewind tries to relive the same magic that was in Spotless Mind, but


      instead of grabbing your attention right away you will be bored to tears. This is the sort of comedy that will have your mouth glued. Comedy? No, but I do think there are some who will find the movie parities enjoyable.

      A small video store faces foreclosure. There is no much money to be made in a VHS rental store and Elroy Fletcher (Danny Glover) sees this. Fletcher decides to take some time to figure out a way to stop the foreclosure so he entrusts his store to his lonely employee, Mike (Mos Def). The only thing Mr. Fletcher doesn’t want Mike to do is let his friend Jerry (Jack Black) into the store.

      Jerry is a junkyard employee who is always getting into trouble. When he attempts to sabotage a local power plant he causes himself to get electrocuted. Instead of seeking help Jerry goes to see Mike

      and without knowing it erases all the VHS tapes. In order to keep the store running Mike and Jerry start to make their own versions of every video in the rental store.

      One thing Be Kind Rewind does have is originality. Be Kind Rewind’s funnier moments, which I stated before, is whenever Jack Black and Mos Def film their movies. Not all of these scenes are funny, but a few like Robocop and Ghostbusters are decent enough to make get a few chuckles. Ghostbusters thankfully has a good amount of footage, all the other movies they make only get a few measly minutes that only add up to nothing.

      Jack Black surprisingly is not funny in this movie at all. He tries way too hard to get laughs out of the audience. His character Jack should have been played by somebody who is funny all the time. If Jack ...


      • Be Kind Rewind, comedy film
      Black didn’t try as hard in this movie then he might haven given us more to laugh about. It doesn’t matter though; Mos Def is equally as bad in this movie too. Anytime he is on screen you might as well take a coffee break, then again you might want to do that when Danny Glover is on the screen. His acting in this movie feels as stiff as a cardboard cut out.

      Like most blu-ray releases Be Kind Rewind looks great. The picture is crystal clear and the audio is top notch. To me I really don’t see why a comedy needs to be on blu-ray. However if you are a high definition nut then this movie will impress you, even though it there are not any real special effects.

      One thing the blu-ray version has that the normal DVD is missing is the special features. There is

      a nearly 12 minute feature that offers an interview from locals in the area the movie was filmed. Honestly this is a wasted extra, though it is nice to see that the crew cares about the locals. Things do get better with the extended behind the scenes look. I found myself enjoying this extra a lot more than the actual film. If anything the behind the scenes look is better than some of the other extras on this disc, there are some that just make Jack Black look like a lazy actor that only cares about himself.

      Be Kind Rewind is defiantly one of those movies that looks funny during the trailer. Too many comedies now are like this and it is a real shame. Any more you are better off renting comedies and avoiding them when they are on the big screen. In this movies case you can pass on it.




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