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The reason for Jack Black's version of the Ghostbusters (1984) theme song was simply because the legal department didn't have the rights to Ray Parker, Jr.'s song yet.
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In keeping with the spirit of the film, Writer and Director Michel Gondry "Sweded" a version of this movie's trailer, featuring only himself on-screen.
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When Alma puts the movie selections of several store patrons into a black trash bag and picks two at random (settling a dispute about which titles to "Swede"), Jerry says "Without civilization, life is nasty, brutal... and short!" This is an almost verbatim quote from Thomas Hobbes' "Leviathan", one of the most important works in political philosophy.
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Michel Gondry insisted on using the inhabitants of Passaic, New Jersey, where the film was shot, and is set, as extras, and some as prominent actors throughout the film. The scene where the inhabitants get to see "Fats Waller was Born in Passaic" (the biopic, and only non-Sweded production) playing on the video store window, actually featured the inhabitants watching the movie they had worked long and hard on, for the very first time.
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Michel Gondry was inspired to make this film after making Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2005), which took place on one city block. Dave Chappelle was interested in playing Mike, and came up with ideas of remaking Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Rush Hour 2 (2001), and Boyz n the Hood (1991).
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Some believe the term "Sweded" was created, due to the Swedish government's stance on file-sharing. While many media corporations have succeeded in having files of their copyrighted works removed from Internet websites, Sweden has treated such file sharing as a form of free speech, and a right of consumers. There is even a Swedish pro-piracy political party. The term actually was simply coined by Michel Gondry in the script, where Jerry (Jack Black) needs to justify an exorbitant fee, and delay in supplying one of their custom-made videos to a customer. He indicates the reason is, because it is a "very rare type of video", which needs to be imported from Sweden - "Because it's a faraway, expensive country."
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During the first scene within the "Be Kind Rewind" video store, a music video can be seen playing on the television behind the check-out counter. It's the music video for "Ma Maison" by French rock group Oui Oui, which Michel Gondry directed. Gondry was also the drummer for Oui Oui when they were still together between 1983 and 1992.
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Sigourney Weaver stars as Ms. Lawson. She also starred as Dana Barrett in the film Ghostbusters (1984), which was the first film to be remade in Be Kind Rewind.
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King Kong (2005) was one of the "Sweded" films. Jack Black played the main human character in the blockbuster film.
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The DVD disc sold for at-home entertainment has an image printed on it of yellow tape with "Sweded!" written on the tape in black marker; making it look just like the covers of the VHS tapes in the movie.
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Marceline Hugot and Mia Farrow appeared in Alice (1990).
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