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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 2 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Renninger ...
Eric Burton ...
Singer Songwriter #2
Marco Assante ...
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 Electric Lady recording studio was also featured in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008). See more »


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 »


Greta: You know, I wasn't trying to win you over. I was telling you to fuck off.
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References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »


Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home
Written by Gregg Alexander and Nick Lashley
Performed by Keira Knightley
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User Reviews

Keira can sing! Nice feel good movie about music making today
3 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a feel good movie about musicians making an album. Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley play producer and song writer who team up to make a demo filmed all over the city. The songs are pleasant and the characters are sympathetic and likable even Hailee Steinfeld as Mark's daughter. There is a nice dynamic between the characters which makes the movie enjoyable to watch. There is almost as much music as a musical but it doesn't feel much like a musical.

Who knew Keira could sing so well? She doesn't have the most powerful voice but her singing is musical and right for the type of songs. Mark looks suitably scruffy for the fallen on hard times composer. Nice cameo by Ceelo Green and Adam Levine who sings quite a few songs.

Movies like this are pleasant and uplifting to watch - if you want a break from action or violence of summer blockbusters.

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