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Begin Again (2013)

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Begin Again is a movie starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and Adam Levine. 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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Steve
... Gretta
... Dan
... Violet
... Saul
... Business Woman
Paul Romero ... Bartender
... Miriam
... Christian Father
Ed Renninger ... Barman (as Edward Renninger)
Eric Burton ... Singer Songwriter #2
... Dave
Marco Assante ... Marco
... Jill
... 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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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

Keira Knightley had to learn play guitar for the role. Her husband, musician James Righton, offered his help. According to Knightley, his lessons were disastrous, and almost led to "divorce and murder". See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, when Dan wakes up and goes to the bathroom he puts shaving foam on the face. But in the next scene he falls on the bed and he is not shaved. See more »

Quotes

Dan: Don't you know anything about your father?
Violet: Yeah.
Dan: What?
Violet: I do. I know what mom says.
Dan: What does mom say?
Violet: She says you're a pathetic loser.
Dan: She says that affectionately.
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Soundtracks

After The Years
Written by Tony Silver (as Anthony Silver)
Performed by Tony Silver
Courtesy of W.A.S Records
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A waste of good music and a good cast
16 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

Having enjoyed John Carney's previous film to this 'Once' I was intrigued to see how he was going to top it.

The resulting film sees him trying to replicate the idea of a lost guy being saved by a woman and some music, but moving the action to the US.

And sadly much of the charm gets lost in translation, with the almost home made quality of 'Once' being left behind.

Levine and Knightley form an unlikely double act and are well supported by Ruffalo, but although the music is good, the story is flimsy and too reliant on swearing to be entertaining.

I've read lots of reviews of this film that call it 'charming' and a 'must see'. Sadly I can agree with neither. The only good thing is that Carney more than made up for this mess with his next film 'Sing Street'.


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