Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo to Ask ‘Can a Song Save Your Life?’

Actors Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo are already set to tear apart city blocks together as members of The Avengers this summer, so why shouldn’t they be in a love story together as well? Sounds like the logical next step. To that end they’ve both joined Once writer/director John Carney’s next film, Can a Song Save Your Life?

Why the ridiculous title? Well, because, like Once, this movie is also about musicians falling in love. This time the story is set in New York City, where Johansson will be playing a plucky young singer trying to start a career in the music business after getting dumped by her stupid boyfriend. While there she meets a charming though mumble-mouthed record producer (Ruffalo) who’s been down on his lucky lately (you know, because he’s a record producer), and the two start up a fling that manages to turn both of their lives around.

Wow, that plot synopsis kind of gives everything away. I guess the answer is yes. Yes, a song can save your life. And explaining the end of your movie to Variety before the thing even gets made can save everybody else the ten dollars they would have spent on a ticket.

Aw, who am I kidding? I would be hard-pressed to pick which of these stars I have a bigger crush on. I’ll definitely be going and seeing it for them.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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