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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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Dave's Fangirl


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


You're only as strong as your next move.


Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 July 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Can a Song Save Your Life?  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The red electric guitar Adam plays at the end of the movie is his actual guitar he plays at concerts. See more »


When Dan is talking to Gretta on the night they meet there is a girl walking up the subway steps. When the scene cuts to a different view the girl disappears. See more »


Dan: Musicians for the most part are monosyllabic teenagers who really don't have a whole lot to say.
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »


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User Reviews

Really a pleasant surprise - delightfully not full of cheese!
11 July 2014 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I was expecting a cheesy film. I am not into musicals so was hesitant to commit to this film, in a theatre. But, I was pleasantly surprised. I find some of Ruffalos work, like Now you see me, to be hard to sit through. I did not dislike that film, but I hated his performance. Part of it was how vapid the character was. In this film it is the opposite. He is charming, roguish, creative, and delightful to watch. Quite frankly I did not think Knightly was up to this either. Was I ever surprised. She was great. Well written, well directed, and very good overall. In these days of Hollywood losing its edge, and producing more and more low quality, derivative work, it is refreshing to see a film like this one. And I did not even need to use my earplugs. Transformer this film was not. Thankfully.

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