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Begin Again (2013)

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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Business Woman
Paul Romero ...
Christian Father
Ed Renninger ...
Eric Burton ...
Singer Songwriter #2
Marco Assante ...
Dave's Fangirl


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 »


Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 July 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Can a Song Save Your Life?  »


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$134,064, 29 June 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The woman in the café sitting at the table behind Dan when he gets up and storms out on Gretta, is Keira Knightley's mom, Sharman Macdonald. See more »


When they are recording on the roof, the song comes to an end, with Violet playing the last notes, but Dan is still strumming on the bass guitar; there is no bass guitar playing at the moment. See more »


Miriam Hart: No girls like her, she is distant, and basically the only people that want to hang out with her are older boys who want to fuck her.
Dan: Oh really? And you find that a big surprise? You let her walk out of the house looking like, fuck, Jodie Foster from Taxi Driver.
Miriam Hart: She dresses the way she wants to. And besides, any daughter who dresses like that only wants one thing.
Dan: A pimp?
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References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »


2 of the Last Few
Written by Max Kagan and Scott Weinshank
Performed by Max Kagan, Scott Weinshank and Tony "Harp Dog" Sky
Courtesy of Future 86 Recordings
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For the love of music.
15 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

I don't love movies that are about music bands. I always get bored of all the scenes where a supposed artist is on stage singing a song to the masses and everybody sings along as if it was a hit, but the song is absolute rubbish. That in itself is enough for me to stop watching a movie.

Surprisingly enough, in this movie, they a did a pretty good job with the songwriting. Some of the songs are quite enjoyable, and they make the story a little more believable. But hold on! What story? A girl who gets dumped by her emerging star boyfriend meets an exec guy from the music industry who falls in love with her singing. And they both spend the whole movie recording her songs around NY city to release an album at the end. That's it....if anything else happened, please let me know.

I normally take points away for the music, in this case I give points for it. Without the music it would be a 4...

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