Be Kind Rewind
IMDB Rating: 3.5 (81 votes)
Director: Michel Gondry
Studio: New Line Home Video
Starring: Jack Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover, Mia Farrow, Sigourney Weaver
Summary: A daffy, adorable, and very funny celebration of DIY spirit, "Be Kind Rewind" stars Mos Def ("The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy") as Mike, a clerk at a failing video store in a rundown New Jersey neighborhood. When his friend Jerry (Jack Black), who's been magnetized in a power station accident, wipes all of the videotapes blank, the two of them decide to recreate the movies themselves rather than face the store's owner (Danny Glover). The pure charm of "Be Kind Rewind" can't be captured in that spare plot synopsis. The blend of the movie's great cast (which also includes Mia Farrow, Melonie Diaz of "American Son", and Sigourney Weaver) and pitch-perfect writing and direction from writer-director Michel Gondry (director of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", writer-director of "The Science of Sleep") culminates in a truly delightful movie--sweet without being saccharine, richly comic without irony or sarcasm (which, given the presence of Black, is surprising), sentimental without losing sight of the hard edges of life. Mos Def turns in a standout performance, deeply sympathetic without a moment of grandstanding. An absolutely winning film. "--Bret Fetzer"