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Beyond the Lights (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 14 November 2014 (USA)
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The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni on the edge, until she meets Kaz, a young cop who works to help her find the courage to develop her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Kaz
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Macy Jean
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Kid Culprit (as Richard Colson Baker)
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Captain Nicol
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Quentin
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April
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Jonas
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Liam King
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Jesse Soria
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J Stanley
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Felicia
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Herself
Malieek Straughter ...
Billboard Awards Stage Manager
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The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni on the edge, until she meets Kaz, a young cop who works to help her find the courage to develop her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.

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Open your heart. Find your voice.

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content including suggestive gestures, partial nudity, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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14 November 2014 (USA)  »

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Blackbird  »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,500,000 (USA) (14 November 2014)

Gross:

$14,612,840 (USA) (23 January 2015)
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw had to be lubed into the white and black latex dress she wears during Noni's press conference to explain that she's fine after her balcony slip. See more »

Goofs

Noni cuts herself on the glass and is bleeding yet the next morning she has no injuries. See more »

Quotes

Noni: Kay, see we texted, we hit it and we texted about hitting it.
Kid Culprit: That's damn near married, girl.
[Noni chuckles]
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Referenced in Film '72: Episode #45.4 (2016) See more »

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Grateful
Written by Diane Warren
Performed by Rita Ora
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Great lead performance
22 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My feelings on this are basically just like every other person who saw it. It does have some biting, realistic insight into just how cruel and harsh the entertainment industry is, but the romance and the narrative are quite predictable. I probably actually enjoyed it more than my rating, but it's just way too formulaic and it's a shame when it started off better and it could've just been something more. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is really the best thing about it, delivering her all and giving even her most cliché of scenes life and passion. She's very charismatic and has a very strong screen presence, I hope she gets more roles after this because she would certainly deserve it.


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