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Song One (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 22 January 2015 (Israel)
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A young woman strikes up a relationship with her ailing brother's favorite musician.
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Credited cast:
... Franny
... Karen
... Rema
... iPod autograph girl
... James Forester
... James Forester's Journalist
... Henry
... Everett
... James' Friend (as Crystal Lonneberg)
... Bride
... Herself
... Roadie
... Neurosurgeon
... Andy
... Hippie Woman (as Katrina Elizabeth Perkins)
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Estranged from her family, Franny returns home when an accident leaves her brother comatose. Retracing his life as an aspiring musician, she tracks down his favorite musician, James Forester. Against the backdrop of Brooklyn's music scene, Franny and James develop an unexpected relationship and face the realities of their lives. Written by Anonymous

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A Moment Can Change Everything

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Drama | Music

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Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality, and brief language | See all certifications »

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22 January 2015 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

A Canção de Uma Vida  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,200, 23 January 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,250, 1 February 2015
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One of the entries in Henry's book details a band called Jane + the Austens. Anne Hathaway, who plays Henry's sister Franny, starred in the titular role of Jane Austen in "Becoming Jane". See more »

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Franny: You know when you have a feeling that you don't want to fade away, but you don't really know how to keep it?
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Grand Bazaar
Written by Emir Isilay
Performed by Emir Isilay
Courtesy of One Over Three Music and Michael J. Mallen Songs
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Neither Terrible, Nor Extra-Ordinary, Song One Struggles to Keep Its Tune On Key

Anybody with soft spot for music and sentimental lovestories will find 'Song One' difficult to resist. It follows Franny (Hathaway), her relationship with his estranged brother, and the unexpected romantic tale that blossomed between her and the musician James, Forester. No, this one's not new, we've seen countless others like this before, but in its own ways 'Song One' strikes a chord, strumming its own rhythm to make its charm carry a tune.

Yet the tune falls flat and runs off-key on moments when it's needed to speak volume for every scene's emotional sentiment. Albeit earnest and capable, the charm dispells, and what started as a haunting melody runs out of tone and tangibility. Whatever genuine sentiment 'Song One' holds in the beginning, or as a whole, the movie just falls behind extra-ordinary. You would admire Anne Hathaway as expected, but would look past her charm when drawn by the more evident flaws-- most noticeably her seemingly missing connection with Johnny Flynn, her character's love interest--pulling the tune off its proper rhythm.

'Song One', regardless of its emotional authenticity , stumbles upon its musical journey finding the right tune it could keep. It has beautiful beats and melodies to hum, but fails to turn them to something audible. It's neither terrible, nor excellent, just plain ordinary. 6/10


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