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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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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 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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Gretta: I told you, I write songs from time to time.
Dan: What do you write them for?
Gretta: What do you mean what for? For my pleasure. And for my cat.
Dan: Oh really? Does he like them?
Gretta: She. Yes, she seems to.
Dan: How do you know?
Gretta: Because she purrs.
Dan: Maybe she's booing.
Gretta: No, she purrs at Leonard Cohen, too, and she has very good taste.
Dan: Maybe she's fucking with you.
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Soundtracks

Bring Your Body To The Party
Written by Gordon Pogoda and Johnny Elkins
Performed by Julie Griffin
Courtesy of Position Music
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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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