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Beyond the Lights (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 14 November 2014 (USA)
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The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni on the edge, until she meets Kaz, a young cop who works to help her find the courage to develop her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Kaz
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Macy Jean
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Kid Culprit (as Richard Colson Baker)
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Captain Nicol
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Quentin
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April
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Jonas
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Liam King
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Jesse Soria
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J Stanley
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Felicia
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Herself
Malieek Straughter ...
Billboard Awards Stage Manager
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The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni on the edge, until she meets Kaz, a young cop who works to help her find the courage to develop her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Open your heart. Find your voice.

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content including suggestive gestures, partial nudity, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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14 November 2014 (USA)  »

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Blackbird  »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,500,000 (USA) (14 November 2014)

Gross:

$14,612,840 (USA) (23 January 2015)
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Sony Pictures Entertainment were originally going to produce and distribute the movie, but dropped out after Gina Prince-Bythewood insisted on casting Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the lead role. See more »

Goofs

Captain Nicol refers to his son Kaz's dog as male (saying he's fed) however, Noni says to Kaz's dog "hey girl". See more »

Quotes

Noni: I broke up with him.
Kaz: I didn't ask you to.
Noni: I didn't need your permission.
Kaz: Just your label's.
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Referenced in Film '72: Episode #45.4 (2016) See more »

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Just Girly Things
Performed by Dawin
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Not my genre but still thoroughly enjoyed it
13 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With the low IMDb rating, pop culture and romance, I was thoroughly expecting overused tropes, bad acting, and marginal writing. What I got was the complete opposite. I am not a fan of pop culture or romance movies but somehow these characters became very real for me.

In particular, I am impressed with the director's discipline. There are so many overused tropes that could easily have dominated the screen time. Instead, she hits her points and moves on.

The supporting cast was particularly impressive for their sheer believability. Hollywood too often takes the liberty "it's only a movie" or "it's Hollywood, we can totally do whatever". Instead, they stayed true.

This movie will go in my Blu-Ray collection when it finally comes out. The subtleties are impressive and worth revisiting. This is the second movie with a primarily romantic focus to achieve that honor. The first is True Romance.


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