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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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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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You're only as strong as your next move. See more »

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Drama | Music

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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11 July 2014 (USA)  »

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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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Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo were nominated for Best Actor and Actress in a Supporting Role in 87th Academy Awards, but not for these roles. 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

Greta: You can't sign me and I don't want to be signed.
Dan: That's right! What's not to like?
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Count It All Up
Written by Edward Walker
Performed by Emazin
Courtesy of In The Groove Music
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Beyond dire
6 May 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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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