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Begin Again (2013)

R | | Drama, Music | 11 July 2014 (USA)
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A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter, new to Manhattan, turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.

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Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City. Written by The Weinstein Company

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A Song Can Change Your Life See more »

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Drama | Music

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Can a Song Save Your Life?  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$134,064 (USA) (27 June 2014)

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$16,168,741 (USA) (10 October 2014)
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Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green were judges on The Voice (2011) together. See more »

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When they are recording the first live song (about 54:53) in the alley, Dan's camera still has the lens cap on while he's taking photos. See more »

Quotes

Dan: You can tell a lot about a person by what's on their playlist.
Greta: I know you can. That's what's worrying me.
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References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »

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As Time Goes By
Written by Herman Hupfeld
Performed by Dooley Wilson
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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The music in our lives
26 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was a big fan of the group the Frames and was very excited when I learned about "Once" directed by John Carney and starring Glen Hasard both members of the Frames. I enjoyed it quite a bit, but it had an almost documentary like feel to it. Begin again for me was a statement about how music affects our lives and how different songs can take on different meanings for all of us. For my wife and myself , Ben Folds the Luckiest has a special meaning in our relationship, to most others, it is just another song.

I loved how Begin Again opens with a rather banal sounding song being sung by Kiera Knightly in a small nightclub as Ruffalo stands enthralled. Then for the next 15 minutes we discover why.

The movie uses music in that way several times and I felt it really worked. Your enjoyment of the film will probably be greatly determined by what you think of the music. I happened to love it. Even that banal song soon takes on all new meaning. The entire cast is great and Ruffalo certainly delivers one of his strongest performances.

I have not seen Words and Pictures. My limited knowledge of the film is that it might have a similar theme when it comes to music in our lives. This is a little feel good movie. The kind of film that is a welcome respite in Summer blockbuster season. Last year we had the Way Way back to fill this niche. This year is is Begin Again.


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