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"BEGIN AGAIN"
(2014) (Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley) (R)


Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Minor
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes None
Gun/Weapons Minor
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) None
Music (Inappropriate) Heavy
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking Extreme
Tense Family Scenes Moderate
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: A down-on-his-luck record label exec thinks he's found the next big thing in a songwriter whose famous singer boyfriend has recently dumped her.
PLOT:
Dan Mulligan (MARK RUFFALO) was once a hot and upcoming New York City record label exec who discovered and nurtured the talents of the likes of recording artist Trouble Gum (CEELO GREEN). Since then, however, he's become disillusioned with the music biz to the point that one of his executives, Saul (MOS DEF), is essentially firing him from his job as head of the company. It's not much better for Dan on the home front, what with being divorced from ex-wife Miriam (CATHERINE KEENER) and mostly estranged from their teenage daughter, Violet (HAILEE STEINFELD).

One drunken night he believes he might have found his salvation in Gretta (KEIRA KNIGHTLEY), a lovely young woman who reluctantly plays one of her songs during a set by her musician friend, Steve (JAMES CORDEN). While green on the stage, Gretta isn't a stranger to the music world, what with having moved to New York with her pop star boyfriend, Dave Kohl (ADAM LEVINE). With his success came his straying, and now she's on her own, much like Dan. He eventually convinces her to let him manage her fledgling music career, all while he tries to reconnect with his family and she decides what to do about Dave.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Those who are fans of anyone in the cast or movies about musicians and songwriters might show some interest. Otherwise, it doesn't seem likely that many kids will be interested.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For language.


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