This endearingly original film is about a pair of close friends who are put in charge of a video store by an owner who's going out of town trying to save the builing from demolition. When they "accidentally" erase all the tapes in the store, they proceed to film their own versions and rent it out to customers hoping they won't notice the difference.
To be honest, it all sounds silly, but the way the cast and director manage to make the film inspiring and heart-warming is refreshing. It had me laughing hysterically in certain scenes, especially the scenes in which they go about filming their "remakes", the highlights being Ghostbusters, Rush Hour 2 and 2001: A Space Odyssey, to name a few. And it helps that you've actually seen the films that they're "remaking" as their seminal scenes make it all the more funnier. The film also deals with bigger concepts however, like modernization (as in adapting to DVD), how a community can stand together to achieve something good, and also the kind of nostalgia that seems to be missing from watching typical Hollywood blockbusters these days.
Jack Black is in hilariously fine form (watching him act in a Boyz N The Hood "remake" being a perfect example of his creativity). He is ably teamed-up with Mos Def in a more dramatic role. With good support from Danny Glover and Mia Farrow, this movie will have you cheering, and has an ending that will definitely leave you feeling more optimistic about movies and what it means to bring people together. (4 out of 5, by Carlisle Johnson)
When Jerry becomes magnetised while trying to sabotage the power plant, he accidentally erases all the tapes in the old-fashioned VHS store his best friend Mike is in charge of.
To rescue the business Jerry and Mike decide to remake one of the erased movies, which becomes a huge rental hit. Soon friends from the neighbourhood help out re-making movies, from Ghostbusters to King Kong until the government threatens to not only destroy the tapes but also close their store....
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
• Mos Def
||192 x 137 x 15mm (L x W x T)
||1 hour, 37 minutes
Region 2. This DVD will play in all South African DVD players.
|| Dolby Digital 5.1
|| Widescreen 16:9 (1.78:1)
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