Jack Black, for me, is very hit or miss. Sometimes I love him, and think he’s brilliant (High Fidelity), other times I could do without him (Nacho Libre). Be Kind Rewind is a bit of a one-off situation. Black isn’t his usual hysterical self, however, I didn’t completely hate him this time.
Black and Mos Def (The Italian Job) play best friends, in a small town that’s said to be the birth place of Jazz music. Mike (Mos Def) works at Mr. Fletcher’s video store, and strives to please Mr. Fletcher. When Jerry (Black) comes in contact with an electric current, he becomes magnetized and ends up erasing all of the tapes at the video store. The two then go on to create their own “sweded” versions of the films, starring themselves, written by themselves, and filmed by themselves. They eventually enlist the help of their friends, and others in the town, and the films become a success.
Def and Black work well together, playing off each other quite nicely. Add Alma (Melonie Diaz) to the mix, and you’ve got a pretty decent main cast. A funny cameo from Sigourney Weaver, a bit part for Mia Farrow, and Danny Glover as the store owner, and you’ve got a pretty decent supporting cast.
Be Kind Rewind isn’t the funniest movie you’ll ever see, by far. However, it’s an entertaining film, that’ll keep you engaged through it’s (seemingly long) runtime of almost an hour and forty-five minutes. There could have been more gags, and there could have been more of the actual footage that they “filmed” in the movie. But overall, I liked it. It had heart. Some of the scenes were filmed very nicely, transitions from scene to scene were pretty good, too.
Overall, if you like Jack Black, or Mos Def, you should check out the flick. You’ll most likely enjoy it.
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