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Begin Again (II) (2013)

 -  Comedy | 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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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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11 July 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Can a Song Save Your Life?  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$16,135,671 (USA) (26 September 2014)
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Trivia

Keira Knightley had to learn play the guitar for the role and her husband, musician James Righton, offered his help. However, according to Knightley herself, his lessons were atrocious for their relationship, and almost led to a "divorce and murder". See more »

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When Dan is in the bathroom at his wife's house he has shaving cream all over his beard. When he comes out of the bathroom, his beard is still intact. See more »

Quotes

Dan: Musicians for the most part are monosyllabic teenagers who really don't have a whole lot to say.
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Like A Fool
Written by John Carney
Performed by Keira Knightley
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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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