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Begin Again -- Gretta and her long-time boyfriend Dave 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, a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent.
Begin Again -- Adam Levine discusses his role in BEGIN AGAIN.
Begin Again -- A dejected music business executive forms a bond with a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan.
Begin Again -- Mark Ruffalo's castmates discuss working with him in this exclusive featurette for 'Begin Again'.


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Writer (WGA):
John Carney (written by)
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Release Date:
11 July 2014 (USA) See more »
You're only as strong as your next move. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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Intelligent, Entertaining, Warm and exciting. See more (201 total) »

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Also Known As:
"Can a Song Save Your Life?" - Canada (English title) (festival title), International (working title)
"Hajimari No Uta" - Japan (English title) (alternative title)
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Rated R for language
104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Continuity: 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 can't sign me and I don't want to be signed.
Dan:That's right! What's not to like?
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Movie Connections:
References Casablanca (1942)See more »
For Once In My LifeSee more »

101 out of 122 people found the following review useful.
Intelligent, Entertaining, Warm and exciting., 18 July 2014
Author: Eric Landreneau from United States

"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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