12 Reasons Why “The Rewrite” is the Ultimate Binghamton Movie

Posted by Erin Rosenblum on September 19, 2014


12 Reasons Why “The Rewrite” is the Ultimate Binghamton Movie

Director Marc Lawrence '81

In an interview with Pipe Dream last May, noted filmmaker and Binghamton alumnus Marc Lawrence '81 described his upcoming rom-com, The Rewrite, as a “love letter to Binghamton.” So for Binghamton students, the love interest of the film is not just the beautiful Marisa Tomei, but the beautiful city of Binghamton.

Here's a list of reasons why seeing The Rewrite should be added to our DARS as a gen-ed requirement:

1. It's about finding love in unexpected places.

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Marc Lawrence met his wife at the vending machine outside of the Newcomb Reading Room in Bartle, and their romance inspired the film. 

2. Many scenes were filmed on campus, including in the Harpur Quad.

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The only thing missing from this shot is the Pegasus statue. 

3. Other shots were filmed off-campus, including Route 17 and a drive past the Red Robin Diner in Johnson City.

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How many college students can say their drive to school is in a major motion picture?

4. Although some of the film used Long Island's CW Post as a makeshift Binghamton campus, all of the buildings were decked out in Binghamton signs and banners, baring a striking resemblance to our campus.

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Baxter's ears can be seen behind Tomei in this scene from the trailer. 
 

5. Spiedies are definitely mentioned.

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(...and maybe even eaten).

6. There's a lot of Bearcat green worn, and we are giving it away!

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Because we could all use more Binghamton swag! We're giving away props used in production of the film to lucky Bearcats.

7. The musical score was written entirely by Lawrence's 20-year-old son, Clyde.

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Pretty impressive, huh?

8. It doesn't sugarcoat Binghamton weather.

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The director of photography and production designers were told to recreate our (sometimes) gray and gloomy skies. 

9. Downtown Bing gets some love, too.

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Hugh Grant's character lives on Main Street. As an undergrad, Lawrence lived on Floral Ave in nearby Johnson City.

10. Lawrence credits Distinguished Professor of English William Spanos with shaping his storytelling skills.

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For those with dreams of screenwriting, take an English class with Spanos.

11. It's been confirmed that Hugh Grant has taste.

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While on location, Grant was spotted at the two holy grails of Binghamton dining: Lost Dog Cafe and Wegmans. He also took the time to take a photo on Court St. with this fan from BingSpot.

12. The Hollywood Reporter gave the film its stamp of approval.

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Reviewer Elizabeth Kerr calls it Grant and Lawrence's "strongest outing to date," in reference to their three previous collaborations.  

Read more about Marc Lawrence