The sweet-tempered Michel Gondry works well with sharp-edged material (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), but his projects as a solo writer-director have been soft and surreal celebrations of innocence that threaten to drift off into whimsy (The Science of Sleep and now this feature). Danny Glover entrusts his rundown video shop in Passaic to clueless assistants Jack Black and Mos Def, who accidentally erase all the videos and decide to shoot their own low-rent versions of popular hits. Their project is a great success with customers, but the studios object and Glover gets an eviction notice. This anachronistic tale goes beyond Capracorn to evoke Depression-era fare like One Hundred Men and a Girl in which the charm is overtaken by mush. One wants to protect this, but it's hard not to gag on the cuteness. With Melonie Diaz and Mia Farrow (101 min.).
Director: Michel Gondry
Writer: Michel Gondry
Producer: Georges Bermann
Cast: Jack Black, Danny Glover, Dante 'Mos Def' Smith, Mia Farrow, Melonie Diaz, Chandler Parker, Samuel Rivera, Shydeshia Pickett, Arjay Smith and Quinton Aaron