In New York, an aspiring novelist has a cinq-a-sept affair with the beautiful wife of a French diplomat. Cultures, world views, personal ethics and dietary preferences clash as love deepens, with remarkable results. Romance, drama and comedy.
Character Jim Sheehy played by David Shannon is based on a real doorman who works at the St Regis Hotel NYC, where the film was shot. See more »
When Brian and Arielle go to the Guggenheim, they view Edward Hopper's Nighthawks. This painting is not in the Guggenheim, however it could be on loan to them (which seems very likely, considering The Long Leg is not in the Guggenheim, either). See more »
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"5 to 7" is an adorable, funny and touching romantic comedy, but requires an open mind in order to enjoy it.
Leave it to the French. As if romance in modern America weren't already
challenging enough, along come a French couple living in the U.S.,
complicating things further. Apparently, in France, if you're going to
have an affair, 5 to 7 p.m. is the accepted time. It's the time of day
when your whereabouts are naturally somewhat ambiguous, which makes it
easier to discretely engage in this kind of activity. And, if you have
an understanding spouse, such a thing is perfectly acceptable! In fact,
if the rules are followed and everyone involved is agreeable, all of
you can even be friends! Anyway, that's the basic set-up for the
romantic comedy "5 to 7" (R, 1:35). Now, I don't usually do this, but I
feel the need, for the sake of my personal safety, to begin this review
with a disclaimer: Although I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, no one
with whom I have been, am or might one day be in a relationship should
read into this review any approval on my part of any of the attitudes
or activities depicted in this movie or any desire on my part to engage
in such activities. Whew. Okay. I think I'm covered. On with the
review Anton Yelchin (best known as Chekov in the recent "Star Trek"
films) plays Brian Bloom, an aspiring writer in his mid-20s. He meets a
sophisticated French woman named Arielle (Bérénice Marlohe, the "Bond
girl" in "Skyfall") on the streets of New York City. She's outside
smoking, he's a smoker too, he speaks a little French, yada yada yada,
another Big Apple romance is born. The problem is that she's married.
Or IS that a problem? She mentions her marital status very (note to
self, insert appropriate French word here) nonchalantly. Brian is
confused. Arielle explains that the French have a different attitude
towards these issues. She and her diplomat husband, Valery (Lambert
Wilson, a veteran of both French and American films), are each free to
take a lover, as long as they are discreet and only "get together"
between the film's titular hours. Brian moves from confused to freaked
out, but he goes for it. After all, Arielle is beautiful, sexy,
cultured and has a magnetic personality all of which I'm noting purely
objectively, of course. (I am in SO much trouble right now.) Things go
swimmingly for Brian and Arielle. Arielle is so happy, that her husband
notices, tracks down Brian and invites him to dinner. Brian is still
very uneasy about this whole arrangement, but he accepts Valery's
invitation. At said dinner, Brian meets a New York conductor, a
restaurateur and, in a random but cool cameo, civil rights pioneer
Julian Bond. Brian also meets Valery and Arielle's perfect children
and Valery's mistress, Jane (Olivia Thirlby, who appeared in another
unconventional romantic comedy called "No Strings Attached" in 2011),
and Jane just happens to be an editor at a NYC publishing house. Soon,
Brian's parents (Glenn Close and Frank Langella) pop up, meet everyone
and comment on the goings-on. The crazy thing is everyone gets along
with everyone until at least one member of this group inevitably ends
up wanting more than just a 5 to 7 romance.
"5 to 7" is completely adorable! Every single one of the characters
(and I mean EVERY SINGLE ONE) comes across as so genuine, kind,
interesting and fun that I would want to hang out with any of them, but
preferably all of them (nothing kinky, of course). And they're not only
fun, but also very funny! This is a smile-from-ear-to-ear romantic
comedy that also has more than its share of laugh-out-loud moments. But
as adorable and humorous as it is, this film is also touching, romantic
and even thought-provoking. Embedded in the dialog and the plot is a
subtle, but powerful message for tolerance and against judging the
culture of another based on the standards of your own. However, I
should point out that, even though I love this movie, I also loved "The
Godfather" but still haven't joined the mafia. Just sayin'. Seriously
though, "5 to 7" is a wonderful film and can be enjoyed by anyone
open-minded enough to watch it without judgment. "A+"
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