Be Kind Rewind (2008) Michel Gondry's latest is a lovable fantasia about a New Jersey video-store clerk ( Mos Def ) whose magnetized pal ( Jack Black ) erases…
DVD Review

Be Kind Rewind (2008)

Mos Def, Jack Black, ... | PERFECT FOILS Jack Black and Mos Def bond in Be Kind Rewind , a tribute to movie lovers worth a second look
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PERFECT FOILS Jack Black and Mos Def bond in Be Kind Rewind, a tribute to movie lovers worth a second look
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jun 17, 2008; DVD Release Date: Jun 17, 2008; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genre: Comedy; With: Jack Black and Mos Def; Distributor: New Line Cinema

Michel Gondry's latest is a lovable fantasia about a New Jersey video-store clerk (Mos Def) whose magnetized pal (Jack Black) erases the VHS inventory, forcing them to re-create everything from RoboCop to Driving Miss Daisy. Be Kind Rewind's actors play well-worn roles: Black is a tiresome maniac; Danny Glover, as the store's owner, is cranky and wise. But their camaraderie is infectious, as is the film's hilarious tribute to movie lovers everywhere. EXTRAS A too-short doc about the Passaic, N.J., locals who won bit parts in Rewind and — fittingly — were just thrilled to be on the big screen. A-

Originally posted Jun 13, 2008 Published in issue #998 Jun 20, 2008 Order article reprints