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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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: That's some song you got there. I promise you it could be a big hit. Plus you're beautiful.
Gretta: I'm sorry, what's beauty got to do with anything?
Dan: Jesus, you're tricky, aren't you?
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »


Comeback Girl
Written by Michael Tierney, Daniel Marcus, Colin Nolan, David Brandon, Cormac Breslin, Declan Quinn
Performed by Republic of Loose
Courtesy of Loaded Dice Records
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User Reviews

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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