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Begin Again (II) (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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You're only as strong as your next move.

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Drama | Music

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11 July 2014 (USA)  »

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Can a Song Save Your Life?  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$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 »

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When Dave returns from Los Angeles and gets into a fight with Gretta, the clock on the oven switches from 9:45 to 11:30 within a minute or two. 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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Written by Robert Guariglia, George Chaucer Hwang and Harris Scott
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If music be the food of love
20 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Once again, Carney wins me.

I'll let the other reviewers introduce you to the characters and the plot, I'll just say this -- for me, this is a perfect movie. It took hold of me from the start, took me down to the depths, up to the heights, and never let me go until the last frame. Perfect execution: casting, performances, writing. The actors just nail it, especially Knightley and Ruffalo, though I would have liked to have seen more done with Catherine Keener.

I rarely watch movies twice, but there are people I want to share this with, and I ordered the soundtrack as soon as I returned home.

How will they finish this, I kept thinking toward the end. The answer? Perfectly.


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