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The Last Five Years (2014)

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A struggling actress and her novelist lover each illustrate the struggle and deconstruction of their love affair.

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Cast

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Jamie Wellerstein
Tamara Mintz ...
Danica Schwartz
Cassandra Inman ...
Erica Weiss
Kate Meltzer ...
Handelman Twin #1
Emma Meltzer ...
Handelman Twin #2
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Heather Greenblatt
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Annie Mincus
Alex Stebbins ...
Karen Pincus
Lily LaGravenese ...
Lisa Katz
Betina Joly ...
Stacy Rosen (as Bettina Joly)
Upa Inspace ...
Ellen Kaplan
Lisa Herring ...
Julie Silber
Nina Ordman ...
Janie Stein
Robert Immerman ...
Shapiro (as Bob Immerman)
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Storyline

The Last 5 Years by Tony award winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown is a musical deconstruction of a love affair and a marriage taking place over a five year period. Jamie Wellerstein is a young, talented up and coming Jewish novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt, a Shiksa Goddess struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through songs using an intercutting time line device; all of Cathy's songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair while Jamie's songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. They meet in the center when Jamie proposes. Written by Anonymous

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There are two sides to every love story


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Rated PG-13 for sexual material, brief strong language and a drug image | See all certifications »

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18 February 2015 (Philippines)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$38,677 (USA) (20 February 2015)

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$137,945 (USA) (27 February 2015)
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Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan sang 11 of the 14 songs live, in multiple takes, due to camera set ups. "If I Didn't Believe in You" is shot in one continuous camera move. Jeremy Jordan sang the song 14 times straight through. Anna Kendrick sang "Still Hurting" 17 times over five camera set-ups. See more »

Goofs

When Cathy is singing "Goodbye Until Tomorrow" we are to believe that it is 2008. The license plate of the car outside of her apartment is the current NY state gold and blue design, which wasn't put into effect until 2010. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Cathy Hiatt: [singing] Jamie is over and Jamie is gone. / Jamie's decided it's time to move on. / Jamie has new dreams he's building upon. / And I'm still hurting.
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Connections

References Li'l Abner (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

The Schmuel Song
Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Performed by Jeremy Jordan
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Beautiful to look at but weak plot
8 July 2015 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film tells the story of an actress and her novelist husband, chronicling their encounter, marriage and divorce.

I didn't know "The Last Five Years" is a musical, so I was quite baffled by the initial scene of Anna Kendrick singing for a full five minutes. Then, I get to enjoy many beautiful songs and lovely scenery. Colours are lush, even the trees look very saturated with striking green. It's a beautiful film to watch, but I think there's little emphasis on the plot. There's very little build up of the plot, and the story does not flow to the following segment because every song is just so long. There's just not enough time to fit five years into ninety minutes, especially when every song is at least five minutes long.

On the whole, "The Last Five Years" is a nice film, but I will forget about it on a few months.


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