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Begin Again (2013)

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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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Business Woman
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Bartender
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Christian Father
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Barman
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Singer Songwriter #2
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Jill
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Dave's Fangirl
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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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A Song Can Change Your Life See more »

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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)  »

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Can a Song Save Your Life?  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$134,064, 29 June 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,170,632

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,464,861
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Trivia

In the film, Dave Kohl's debut album is titled "Jane's Last Day". The title of the album parodies the debut album "Songs About Jane" by Adam Levine's band Maroon 5. See more »

Goofs

When Dave returns from Los Angeles and gets into a fight with Gretta, the clock on the oven switches from 9:45 to 11:30 within a minute or two. See more »

Quotes

Dan: She's English; she's a little uptight.
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Soundtracks

Thinking About Your Love
Written by Rodney Skipworth and Phil Turner
Performed by Skipworth & Turner
Courtesy of Memory Lane Music Group
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Really a pleasant surprise - delightfully not full of cheese!
11 July 2014 | by 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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