A chance encounter between a down-and-out music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter, new to Manhattan, turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.

Director:

John Carney

Writer:

John Carney
Reviews
Popularity
1,838 ( 838)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Corden ... Steve
Keira Knightley ... Gretta
Mark Ruffalo ... Dan
Hailee Steinfeld ... Violet
Yasiin Bey ... Saul
Karen Pittman ... Business Woman
Paul Romero Paul Romero ... Bartender
Catherine Keener ... Miriam
Andrew Sellon ... Christian Father
Ed Renninger Ed Renninger ... Barman (as Edward Renninger)
Eric Burton Eric Burton ... Singer Songwriter #2
Adam Levine ... Dave
Marco Assante ... Marco
Mary Catherine Garrison ... Jill
Jen Jacob ... Dave's Fangirl
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

You're only as strong as your next move. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The apartment that is given to Gretta (Keira Knightley) and Dave (Adam Levine) in New York City is the real house of Levine and his wife, Behati Prinsloo. See more »

Goofs

When they are recording the first live song (about 54:53) in the alley, Dan's camera still has the lens cap on while he's taking photos. See more »

Quotes

Dan: I'm a producer because I don't play bass, baby.
See more »

Connections

References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Luck Be A Lady
Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group
See more »

User Reviews

 
Really a pleasant surprise - delightfully not full of cheese!
11 July 2014 | by latinfineartSee 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.


75 of 100 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 281 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Begin Again See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$134,064, 29 June 2014

Gross USA:

$16,170,632

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,652,908
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed