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
I came to this film on the back of the reviews which in retrospect must surely have been written by people associated with it. It is that bad. The basic premise is okay; hardly original and inspired but with the right screen writer and an alternate leading lady (one with some credibility and appeal) it might have been moderately entertaining. But sadly it has neither. The storyline is way beyond predictable - I defy anyone not to work out the ending by half way through. Keira Knightley is hideously miscast and the others just limp along with a limp script. The music is also incredibly lame. If you are looking for a film with music as its backbone head for the wonderful Rudderless and give this sorry mess a wide berth. One star is generous.
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