Begin Again: Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, John Carney and a Once Link

June 27, 2014 5:43 PM

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There’s a scene early in John Carney’s new film Begin Again, which begins its theatrical roll-out June 27, in which the characters played by Adam Levine and Keira Knightley arrive in New York City for a meeting with his new record label. He’s just made a successful film featuring his own music. She’s his girlfriend and the songwriter behind much of his man-with-guitar material, except she wasn’t involved in the movie so now she’s just along for the ride. In the scene at the label’s office, an exec tells him that they want to put together an album that will be just like the stuff from the movie.

Begin Again‘s audience never gets to see the movie-within-a-movie that gets Levine here — and that provides the starting-point oomph for a film that’s largely a meditation on the effects of fame — but they could be forgiven for guessing what it might be like. After all, Carney is the writer-director...

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