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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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the original version of "I Can Do Better Than That", Cathy says the guy she met was someone "who you might say looked like Tom Cruise." Since the 2013 off-Broadway revival, it was changed to "with some very well-placed tattoos", since Jason Robert Brown figured Tom Cruise was not exactly someone who fit the description of handsomeness anymore. See more »

Goofs

When Jamie is singing to a grumpy Cathy after a long day at the bar, the pink dress on the mannequin goes from correctly seem to falling off the mannequin to half on the mannequin. 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 Les Misérables (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

The Schmuel Song
Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Performed by Jeremy Jordan
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Great fun for fans of the show
23 February 2015 | by tobyfathomSee all my reviews

You know, the one negative review I read here was that Anna Kendrick was awful. I would like to end those rumors now and say that only in the first song does she kinda suck. Even then it was beautifully acted: just painful to listen to. The only other reason I had to dock a star is that if you don't already know the general premise (she tells it backwards, he tells it forwards), you're screwed. There isn't a more eloquent way to put that. Besides that, this movie is perfect. Miss Kendrick has a very sweet voice that she (usually) knows how to use well, and Jeremy Jordan has one of the most beautiful tenors in the universe. They are both amazing actors, and they let it show. Composer Jason Robert Brown has given us this artwork of a score with whip smart lyrics to match. They take these songs and do what they can't do on stage, mostly to a hilarious effect. As long as you only know to mute the TV during "Still Hurting" (maybe even put Sherie Rene Scott's version on instead?) and the general premise, you're in for a great show.


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