Lyla Novacek (Keri Russell) is a cellist studying at the Juilliard School and living under strict rule of her father (William Sadler). Louis Connelly (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is the lead singer of "The Connelly Brothers", an Irish rock band. Lyla and Louis meet at a party after their respective concerts, and have a sexual encounter on the rooftop. The day after, they separate in a hurry, and are unable to maintain contact as Lyla is ushered away by her father to Chicago. Lyla is also aware that she is pregnant. Later, when in New York City, after an argument with her father over her unborn child, she is struck by a car. Due to the accident trauma, she gives birth prematurely, and her father secretly puts the baby boy up for adoption under her name, allowing Lyla to believe that her son died. Eleven years later, Evan Taylor (Freddie Highmore) is living in a boys' orphanage outside New York City, where he meets Richard Jeffries (Terrence Howard), a social worker with Child and Family ...Written by
August brings a pizza with him when Arthur takes him to the old theater to meet Wizard. This is likely a reference to a similar scene in the animated film "Oliver and Company", also inspired by the Dickens' novel Oliver Twist, when Dodger brings brings Oliver to meet everyone and brings a pizza with him for the kittens. See more »
In addition to the already-reported lack of an El train on Second Ave. in front of the site of the former Fillmore East (there once was a 2nd Ave El but it was torn down in the 1940's), the film portrays the Second Avenue facing front of the former Fillmore East as a dilapidated version of its former self, still sporting the old Fillmore East's marquee & still labeled as such. In fact, the Fillmore East's former entrance/lobby area is and for quite some time has been a redeveloped bank branch. See more »
But I believe in music... The way that some people believe in fairy tales.
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This is an urban fairy tale. If you go to AUGUST RUSH with the intention of poking holes in it, you can find little glitches and logic flaws. On the other hand, if you are looking for a movie that will sing to your soul (and show you some beautiful eye candy as a bonus), look no farther. The casting director and cinematographer should each get an award. This gem of a movie takes us on a journey, and the people we meet along the way are well worth the ticket price.
A trio of beautiful performances form the heart of this film, although the secondary characters are also crisply compelling. A day after seeing it, I find that specific shots of their faces still glow in mind like pieces of a mosaic. And the music is a genuine addition, as it should be in a film of this kind. I was genuinely moved.
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