-> ''"I will shoot you and I know robot karate."''
-->-- '''Jerry'''

''Be Kind Rewind'' is a 2008 comedy directed by Creator/MichelGondry and starring Creator/JackBlack and Mos Def. Mos Def's character, Mike, helps run a video store that stubbornly offers VHS tape rentals regardless of the rise of [=DVDs=]. Mike's peculiar friend Jerry (Jack Black) tries to sabotage a power station and nearly electrocutes himself, becoming magnetized in the process. He then walks into the video store, erasing all of the VHS tapes. Angry customers begin to come in complaining, and Mike is at a loss as to how to replace the store's stock on a limited budget. The store has already received threats of foreclosure, which the owner has tried to prevent by getting the building registered as a historical landmark as the birthplace of jazz singer Fats Waller.

The idea soon occurs that Mike and Jerry will reshoot the films themselves, using whatever they have available. They start with ambitious projects such as ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' and ''Film/RoboCop1987'', creating a crazy home video feel they call being "sweded". The store gathers popularity around the neighborhood, so much so that the FBI anti-piracy warning at the start of the tapes becomes a reality.

!!This film provides examples of:

* ActuallyPrettyFunny: The reason why the swedes become a hit. The respectable effort and hilarious StylisticSuck resonated with customers, leading to demand for more.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:In the final scene of the film, Jerry, Mike, and Mr Fletcher convince the neighborhood to help produce a tribute film to Fats Waller's Life. After the film airs to a small minority, the trio exits the store moments later to the sound of applause, and discover that most of the townsfolk were in the street watching the film through an outside projector. Everyone cheers for them, including the demolition team and the police (who were meant to tear down the establishment for legal reasons).]]
* BrokenAesop: If what really happened doesn't suit you, [[RetConned write your own history]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall: When Jerry is magnetized, one of the films glitched by him moving around is the film itself, as the picture glitches every time he passes too close to the actual location of the camera.
* ChekhovsGunman: The supposed patron who came in all the way from New York? [[spoiler:He's actually a federal agent who later shows up to confiscate the store's collection of swedes.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Jerry
* GenericGraffiti: Averted. Mike and Jerry are working on a mural of Fats Waller at the beginning of the film.
* {{Irony}}: Even though the premise of this film is about a video store that only rents VHS and refuses to carry [=DVDs=], this movie did not get a VHS release.
* LightningCanDoAnything
* LogoJoke: For European prints, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqKdsajKTnw the Pathe logo]] was sweded. (Sadly, the US version just has the plain old Creator/NewLineCinema logo.)
* NoBudget: The in-universe sweded films are made on a dime budget with rudimentary props and the same set of actors.
* OminousVisualGlitch: After Jerry gets magnetized, the images warps momentarily as if the camera itself was being affected by Jerry.
* NeverTrustATrailer: First, watch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09-882wRSTs the trailer]]. Then watch the movie and realize that the trailer cut out an ENTIRE MAJOR SUBPLOT.
* RealityEnsues: Shockingly. The movie [[BittersweetEnding actually points out that piracy is illegal and the place gets shut down.]] Ouch.
* RealMenWearPink: When a group of hoodlums request a few "Sweded" films and ''Disney/TheLionKing'' pops up, everyone immediately stares down the ScaryBlackMan.
** [[spoiler:It was Alma.]]
* ShoutOut: Tons upon tons.
** You've got the two leads sweding up famous films, including ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', ''Film/DrivingMissDaisy'', ''Disney/TheLionKing'', ''Film/KingKong1933'', ''Film/MenInBlack'', ''Film/RoboCop1987'', and ''Film/BoyzNTheHood''.
* SoBadItsGood: the sweeded films are this in-universe.
* StylisticSuck: The Sweded movies, duh.
** They even sweded [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B0dJQ35rDs one of the trailers!]]
** And, as stated, one of the logos for the European prints.
*** Sometimes the Sweded films cross into NarmCharm territory due to the hilarious and clever ways in which they're recreated.
* WraparoundBackground: Used to film the sweded ''Film/MenInBlack'' tunnel scene.