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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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Jason Robert Brown (based on the musical play by), Richard LaGravenese (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Kendrick ... Cathy Hiatt
Jeremy Jordan ... Jamie Wellerstein
Tamara Mintz Tamara Mintz ... Danica Schwartz
Cassandra Inman Cassandra Inman ... Erica Weiss
Kate Meltzer Kate Meltzer ... Handelman Twin #1
Emma Meltzer Emma Meltzer ... Handelman Twin #2
Bettina Bresnan ... Heather Greenblatt
Charly Bivona ... Annie Mincus
Alex Stebbins Alex Stebbins ... Karen Pincus
Lily LaGravenese Lily LaGravenese ... Lisa Katz
Betina Joly Betina Joly ... Stacy Rosen (as Bettina Joly)
Upa Inspace Upa Inspace ... Ellen Kaplan
Lisa Herring Lisa Herring ... Julie Silber
Nina Ordman Nina Ordman ... Janie Stein
Robert Immerman 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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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 2015 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,677, 20 February 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$137,945, 1 March 2015
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the trailer, Cathy hands a paper to a man sitting at a piano. This man is the actual composer of the musical, Jason Robert Brown. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of "Shiksas Goddess", Kathy extends her left hand which Jamie then takes to pull her up, but when the angle changes, he is then pulling her up with her right hand. 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 West Side Story (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

A Miracle Would Happen/When You Come Home to Me
Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Performed by Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick
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Interesting concept, highly recommended
13 February 2015 | by Sal D'SouzaSee all my reviews

Full disclosure: I didn't see the play the play before I saw this movie at the Toronto Film Festival. However, there were MANY fans of the play in the audience, and judging from the reaction and the questions and comments directed to director John LaGravenese and Jeremy Jordan (!!!) who came out after the film finished, they really enjoyed. I also looked up about the play and watched several videos of a few different versions of the play. Also for those who do really love the play and are unsure about how this movie is going to turn out, know 2 things in advance: 1) For the most part, Cathy and Jamie sing with the each other, and we are shown the opposite character's expressions and reactions. I think this was a good decision, and I think it worked out really well 2) LaGravenese stated that the movie is based (essentially copied from) the off-Broadway revival directed by writer James Robert Brown. So there are some changes from the previous off-Broadway production with Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott However, all in all, I really enjoyed this movie. Both Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan are wonderful as Cathy and Jamie. Their story was easy to relate to and sympathetic. I also found the concept of the opposing timelines very interesting, and although it's a bit hard to explain to someone who doesn't know it, I never felt lost or confused with the timelines. I felt, however, with Cathy starting the movie with song "Still Hurting", it made me side with her slightly more than I did with Jamie. But I liked the majority of the songs, although there were a few that slowed the pace too much, like "Part of That". My favorite performance was "Goodbye Until Tomorrow/I Could Never Rescue You"- I particularly liked the staging of it. If you enjoy an intriguing story being told through song with an interesting concept,I highly recommend The Last Five Years.


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