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Be Kind Rewind


Jack Black and Mos Def star in Be Kind Rewind, a unique comedy from Academy Award-winning writer/director Michel Gondry.

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common sense

ON for kids age 12
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
0 out of 5

Quirky Jack Black comedy is sweet and silly.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the stars of this comedy -- Jack Black and Mos Def -- are both extremely popular with teens and even tweens. Happily, the movie is age-appropriate for both groups (particularly teens). There's some language (including "s--t"), but not as much as in most PG-13 films, and virtually no sexual activity, save for a few "on camera" kisses while the characters re-shoot movies. There's also one discussion about "getting action." The main product tie-ins are West Coast Video and the re-filmed movies themselves.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what the film is saying about Hollywood movies. Can a redone, amateurish 20-minute version of a movie be just as good as -- or better than -- the original? Or is the point that, in re-shooting the films with other movie fans, everyone becomes part of the films and the community? Kids: Does a movie have to be believable to be good?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It's inviting, undemanding and altogether wonderful. You'll want to see it again, or at least Swede it yourself.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Friday, February 22, 2008

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

- Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Eminently likable. And there's something about Gondry's persistent nostalgia that feels contemporary, or opportune, at least.

- Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times, Friday, February 22, 2008

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Insanely, bizarrely hilarious.

- janna, Wednesday, November 3, 2010

3 stars

An ok comedy film. The funniest parts are the re-makes of the films scenes. Especially Ghostbusters, and I like the home made Robocop suit. Overall not quite as funny as I had hoped for. Good idea though and great cast!

- Deano78, Friday, July 16, 2010

3 stars

A guy is looking after a video store when the tapes are returned because they are blank. He and his friend set out to recreate the movies as they figure the people don't know the movie storylines. They make eg ghostbusters and rush hour 2, lion king and robocop on a budget. Funny movie.

- thmtsang, Monday, July 5, 2010