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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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Storyline

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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Can a Song Save Your Life?  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$16,168,741 (USA) (10 October 2014)
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Trivia

Dan's Jaguar has New York license plates, but no New York registration or inspection sticker on its windshield. See more »

Goofs

When Gretta and Dave are in the kitchen and listening to the song he recorded in LA the clock under the kitchen counter is at 9:45 at the beginning of the song but when Gretta is unplugging the speaker the clock is 11:38. See more »

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Steve: The world's first Jag mobile recording studio is done!
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Soundtracks

Drowning Pool
Written by Stephen Wall, Joseph Wall and Rory Doyle
Performed by The Walls
Courtesy of Dirtbird Records
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Intelligent, Entertaining, Warm and exciting.
18 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"A movie about modern advances dismantling the art industry as we know it by replacing the high-paid middle-men with IT, bringing artist closer to audience." Doesn't sound like a thrilling blurb, but this movie brings the story to live with incredible writing, great music, wonderful performances and a brilliant vision. Just like in "Once," this not-love-story side-steps the romance plot Hollywood usually uses like a crutch and focuses on the struggle and triumph or artistic endeavor. (most mainstream stories end with the message that the only happy ending ends in breeding. This tale recognizes the value of humankind's other creative capabilities.) Not that the film's all esoteric and above family. There are all kinds of emotional wounds we suffer in this life, in our families. Rather than a sub-plot focused on starting a family, this story's sub-plot focuses on both growing strong after a family fails (harder) and on repairing another failed family (hardest).

And that's all below the point.

Music! What wonderful music they used in this film, from the soundtrack to the original performances. The way they bring the performances and the creative process to life - the pain, the joy, the failures and triumphs - is just thrilling. This is the kind of film that will make you want to get up and MAKE STUFF. And then put it out there because you can. You don't need the middle-men anymore. You don't need the industry.

To create is the highest expression of humanity and so, perhaps, making art (like this film) that inspires creativity in others is yet a step above.


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