movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] I had a vote amongst friends as to whether we should watch this movie, or Click with Adam Sandler. Although we ended up watching Click first, more people voted for this movie. Consider this a random factoid.

PEOPLE: Jack Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover. Jack Black is very funny, of course.

QUIRKS: This movie was quirky as hell! Jack Black causes every movie in a struggling video store to be erased. They spend a lot of time trying to fool their customers by re-shooting the movies. Thus, you get to see weird situations like “how someone would attempt to shoot the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man scene of Ghostbusters if they only had 30 minutes to do so?” We end up with quite a few references to well-known movies: The Lion King, Rush Hour, Ghostbusters, When We Were Kings, Driving Miss Daisy, and Robocop. In fact, IMDB lists about 200 references to other movies in total! In a way, this movie can be compared to the recent onslaught of “spoof genre” films, except that the plot to this movie is a real plot — not a spoof plot.

BAD STUFF: I could really do without the sappy jazz musician angle. I see that they were trying to compare our nostalgia to old movies with others’ nostalgia to more-forgotten artistic works, such as oldtime blues and jazz…. And the comparison was not lost on me. I just don’t care about that stuff. I like movies. Not a big fan of culture.

CONCLUSION: This movie was hilarious!! I only gave it 4 stars out of 5, but still. I really think if more people had their own camcorders, that a “Be Kind Rewind” party would be a fun way to spend a Saturday. For example: 5 friends with camcorders decide on 5 movies to shoot, put the titles into a hat, and draw a movie to shoot randomly. Or they all do the same movie. Either way: Everyone has an hour (or two) to shoot their film. Afterwards, everyone re-convenes at a central location, and we all watch each others’ “movies”. I think it would be a freakin’ hilarious way to kill a day!!

RECOMMENDATION: If you are a movie buff, or play with a camcorder a lot — See this. It’s not the funniest comedy in the world, but it’s fun. And it spoofs many movies without having the feel of the many “spoof genre” films. This film actually has a slightly serious plot about saving the video store from going out of business, and this helps add to the imperitive that they RUSH to re-make as many old movies as possible.

MOVIE QUOTE: Miss Falewicz: The past belongs to us, and we can change it.

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Benj loved it. Glen and Mark liked it.

Mood: hazy
Music: Tiamat – When You’re In