Begin Again

7.41 h 44 min2014X-RayR
From the writer-director of Academy Award®-Winner ONCE. A disgraced record exec (Mark Ruffalo) forms a bond with a young singer-songwriter (Keira Knightley) changing each of their lives.
John Carney
Keira KnightleyMark RuffaloHailee Steinfeld
English [CC]
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Catherine KeenerAdam LevineJames CordenCeeLo Green
Judd ApatowTobin ArmbrustAnthony BregmanSam HoffmanBen NearnTom Rice
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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LauraGRMIReviewed in the United States on December 6, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is the sleeper movie that should have been a hit.
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I rarely write reviews, but I always read them. I'm not going to write a summary, because the beauty of this movie is watching it without knowing the plot. I watched this movie On Demand on a whim and fell in love not only with the characters and story line, but the music is also amazing. Who knew Keira could sing? I immediately purchased the sound track. I watched the movie two more times in less than 3 months which I never ever do. The story line is not ordinary, which I appreciate a deviation from the formulaic, and the characters have great chemistry. It's funny, and deep and very relatable. There's no nudity, no violence - just a genuinely great movie. So I bought the movie - I rarely buy movies, but I was afraid there would come a time that I'd want to watch it, and it wouldn't be available. In my opinion it's a classic - like "When Harry Met Sally," and "You've Got Mail," and I don't own either of those movies.

It's a shame that "Begin Again" didn't get the status of a box office hit as it should have.
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McMomfaceReviewed in the United States on April 17, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
You should be watching this already and not reading reviews!
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I found this movie tonight wandering the realms of the internet and it just joined my top ten list of favorite movies. It could have easily been cliche or cheesy or dull and forgettable, but it played along in a beautiful and painful. Some complain that it's not realistic for the music industry...but that was kind of the point (that it should be realistic) and it made that point without being weird and bitter. So many of the actors are very recognizable, but they play their roles so well I forgot they were all these other characters from the past films and just saw them as they were here. Only when it ended did I pop out of the bubble and think "Oh my goodness! that was Keira Knightly? That was Mark Ruffalo? Adam Levine?" Add to that tons of original music and I don;t know why you're still reading this, go click watch now.
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peterReviewed in the United States on November 1, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Terrific wonderful delightful movie
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This is one of my favorite movies of the past few years. I had not really paid enough attention to the actor Marc Ruffalo before seeing this movie, but it is in my judgement his best work to date. He is simply terrific. The British comedian James Corden was really just coming on the scene when this movie was made, and again, the part was made for him. Keira Knightley ties the cast together, but I was especially pleased to watch and hear Adam Levine, who's music I have always loved, but had never seen in a movie before.
This movie is full of great music, and is fundamentally about love and friendship. We watch as one couple comes back together, as a daughter and father rediscover their love and appreciation for each other, and as another couple falls apart, but leaving us interested in what will happen, especially to Knightley's character, in the future. The movie is beautifully crafted and a joy to watch. I have shared this with several friends who all enjoyed it, and it has moved into my top 100 list of all time favorites,
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Dulene C.Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Reflects realities of love and art
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I watched this because I love Mark Ruffalo and Kiera Knightley. Please be aware that it's not a traditional warm and fuzzy love story, but rather a reflection on the realities of love... Sometimes you get a second chance with the person you love, and other times you just have to start over with the prospect of meeting someone new. What I liked about this movie is that it examined the definition of "art" in the music industry. What is art? Is it music that stays true to the artist, or music that becomes what the crowd loves? Or is it both? Anyway, the one thing I didn't like was all the swearing. I realize that this has become a fact of life in most Hollywood movies, but I guess for me too many swear words starts to detract from the depth of emotion and intellectual flow of a film, and the movie starts to become just about the audial stimulation of swear words. I wish that Hollywood script writers would either wean themselves away from profanity or just cut it cold turkey - and explore what kinds of dialogues could happen when people are not constantly just flinging the "F" word back and forth at each other, like a monotonous verbal tennis match.
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TeriReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Greta (Keira Knightly) and Dave (Adam Levine) lived together in an apartment in New York. She broke up with Dave when she found out he cheated on her. She left. Steve (James Corden) is Greta's high school buddy. He invited her to stay with him until she is settled. Dan (Mark Ruffalo) was fired from his work, went to a bar and met Greta there while singing and performing at the bar with Steve. . He liked her song and her voice, and made a proposition to improve it with better accompaniments. After much thought, she accepted. With the direction of Dan and electrical orchestration of Steve, the group video was born. It became a success. On the flip side, Dave felt guilty after hearing Greta’s music in a voicemail, asked her forgiveness and appealed for them to reconcile. He invited her to see his concert, sang her song in its original rendition, but he changed it mid-way when the fans went crazy with the “commercial arrangement” version. She realized he liked the adoration from the fans, left the stage and went home. She told Dan not to release her video, and instead to sell it online for $1 each. It was a huge success. Dan was rehired from his old job. Dan and wife got back together. There was no mention of what happened to Greta, Steve and Dave’ career and/or their respective love life after that.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 2, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Trouble playing DVD
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I sent this movie "directly" to my brother as a gift. He could not play it in his DVD player. He was also confused about the 3 step instructions to install in his computer. He was under the impression he was required to do the computer install to play the DVD. So he mailed it back directly to me. I also purchased the same movie from a different provider through Amazon. I had the same experience as my brother and the same three step instructions was included in my DVD (later, when receiving my brothers DVD I confirmed his DVD was identical to the one I purchased), difference was , through numerous attempts to play the DVD (without it being immediately rejected by the player) the DVD finally was accepted by my DVD player. I am having the same issue with the one I received from my brother.
See GeeReviewed in the United States on June 4, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
The combination of characters and the eventual solving of the problems in all their lives is such a wonderful, inspiring tale
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I'm really crazy about both the main actors in this film and so it had me at 'hello' if you know what I mean. But this story was so gripping about a young girl, talented in her own right as a singer and guitarest, but didn't push herself forward due to her involvement with a real up and coming rock star singer with a band. She was supportive of him and when he got famous he jilted her for someone else. Heartbroken and stuck in New York (she is English) she decides to sing at a bar where that sort of thing is welcomed. In comes an alcoholic producer of Music CD's who is downtrodden and on a slippery slope of losing his own company and his position there. He hears her and imagines in his mind how she would sound with added instruments. That scene where we see his imagination and hear what could be is a gripping scene and sets the pace for the rest of the movie. He helps her and she in the most remarkable ways helps him with his beleagured life and estranged marriage and tough relationship with a very talented and impulsive, independent daughter. The combination of characters and the eventual solving of the problems in all their lives is such a wonderful, inspiring tale. I could watch it again and again and still be satsified and entertained. Bravo! See Gee
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missmojoReviewed in the United States on January 6, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
100000000% recommend!!
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This has easily moved up to top 10 movies of all time. I saw this in the theater and could not stop grinning from ear to ear. This is such a feeling good movie with upbeat music and great characters. I downloaded the soundtrack in Spotify and play it when I need to hear something upbeat. Mark Ruffalo can do NO wrong ever in my eyes and the character he plays in this movie certainly doesn't change that. Not the biggest fan of Keira Knightley, but she does great in this role. I made my husband watch this and he was surprised how much he liked it. We get up and dance with our kids when the songs come on. Love love love this movie!
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