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Why do so many people hate the ending? *Spoilers*


Is it because the two of them don't end up together?

I like it better this way. Their relationship was never romantic. From the start, and until the end, it always just struck me as a very deep connection on a friendly level. Do people still buy into that bad romantic comedy idea that men and women can't just be close friends? It's ridiculous.

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I absolutely love the ending.

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At first, a part of me wanted Keira to end up with Mark romantically, and when I saw it wasn't going that way I was bummed --- until I realized, wait, it's better this way. Instead of attaching herself to yet another music connection and -- worse -- the guy who made her album happen, she's remaining her own person and he remains just that, the producer of her album plus a dear friend and collaborator.




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I think it was because multiple scenes were filmed IMO in a way to make you think they liked each other.

I liked their platonic relationship. I didn't like that multiple scenes would linger on them and reeeeaaalllly made it seem like they were about to kiss. 2 specific scenes were like this.

In addition, Ruffalo getting back with his wife was pretty out of the blue. This felt very unearned to me since there was practically no build up.

So IMO it wasn't just the fact that they didn't get together that that bummed people. It was more that the director misled people with certain scenes and the script didn't quite earn the ending.

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We were definitely supposed to think they liked each other. When he goes back to her flat after their earphones session and her roomie ended up being home, when they locked eyes (can't remember the exact scene)... They were definitely attracted to each other. BUT, like real life, sometimes these attractions don't lead to anything. It was for the best that he went back to his wife and she was a single.

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For sure. I love the shot of her after leaving Dave at the concert when she sees Steve and Miriam together in the park. She is genuinely happy for them.

I love that so much about this movie. It's not a doomed romance like Once. It's not a sweeping, young romance like Sing Street. It's about a friendship between two people, one started by the beauty of making music.

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We were definitely supposed to think they liked each other. When he goes back to her flat after their earphones session and her roomie ended up being home, when they locked eyes (can't remember the exact scene)... They were definitely attracted to each other. BUT, like real life, sometimes these attractions don't lead to anything. It was for the best that he went back to his wife and she was a single.


In our house, we all agreed that it was the only time that we were likely to say "Thank goodness James Corden appeared" (not fans). We were all worried that KK and MR were going to get together, and it didn't seem right.

There were subtle hints that he still really loved his wife and that she still had feelings for him, so we were quite happy with the ending.

To the OP: John Carney's films all seem to have endings that aren't quite satisfying, seeming to deliberately avoid a "normal" conclusion. Maybe this is why people weren't happy.

No tears please, it's a waste of good suffering.

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Exactly. I've seen this movie five times and have a different takeaway EACH time. Yes, they were disappointed when James Corden pops up at the apartment. The audience is too! But then there is also a sense of relief that this relationship isn't going to be destroyed by sex. It is VERY clear he loved his wife and in fact she still found him attractive...they just had a lot of baggage. BUT the whole point of them sharing the music at the end was to highlight what brought them together in the beginning. He had harnessed his music passion, the reason she connected with him i the beginning anyway. It would have been predictable and cliche to have the two leads end up together. To those who say his reconnection with his wife is out of the blue, you are missing a lot. He asks her to come to the recording with the daughter as opposed to just dropping her off. They clearly were trying to find a way back to each other. If she hadn't been, she'd have dropped Violet and left. Any one who has been in a long (i.e.. 20+ years) recognizes this. The ending with an older couple reconnecting and a younger couple dissolving with a young woman smiling as she rides on into her future is perfect.

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Thank you. I agree with that. The fact that the director romanticized some of their moments together was uncalled for if he was going the route of it just being a nice friendship.

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I agree with you soooo much! I never got the impression that Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley were going to end up together. They were friends, nothing more. There was no romance or romantic chemistry between them. None. Nada. I only ever got the friendship vibe.

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Which is rare for movie of this type. Movies about a man and a woman getting close almost ALWAYS end up with a romance, whether happily-ever-after or doomed. It's quite refreshing to see a film that IS about just a platonic friendship.

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It is rare, but I think that's what makes this movie so refreshing. I hate when people say "a man and woman can never be just friends."

Obviously, I disagree. I understand that it does happen that someone will catch feelings but not ALWAYS (like most people claim). I think they loved each other but they weren't IN love with each other. There's a huge difference between the two. I also thought it was refreshing that she didn't end up with her ex either. I liked that it was her sort of finding herself instead.

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Absolutely loved the ending...i m glad they ended it that way
There of course had their moments, but it doesn't always have to end up in a relationship

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