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My Last Five Girlfriends (2009)

TV-14 | | Comedy | 19 March 2010 (UK)
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Duncan navigates the unsteady world of romance and relationships, going through five girlfriends in four years. Unfortunately, none of them turn out well.

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Julian Kemp

Writers:

Julian Kemp (screenplay), Alain de Botton (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Patricks ... Duncan
Naomie Harris ... Gemma
Kelly Adams ... Wendy
Cécile Cassel ... Rhona
Jane March ... Olive
Edith Bukovics ... Natalie
Michael Sheen ... Burnam
Mark Benton ... Alan
Johnny Ball Johnny Ball ... Statistics Expert
Michael Douglas Michael Douglas ... Shoe afficianardo
Daniel Hoffmann-Gill ... Will
Chris Gascoyne ... Lister
Brendan O'Hea Brendan O'Hea ... Ted
Steve Ryde Steve Ryde ... Man on Bus
Ian Kirkby Ian Kirkby ... Tour Guide
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Storyline

After yet another failed relationship, 30-something Duncan (Brendan Patricks) decides to quiz his last five girlfriends to find out what went wrong in order to figure out how to find love. With advice from bizarre sources and intense flights of fancy, finally Duncan realises that love is a battleground where only the fittest can survive. Written by xJROCKx61

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

5 моих бывших подружек See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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$257,317
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Trivia

The initials of Duncan's five girlfriends - Wendy, Olive, Rhona, Natalie and Gemma - make up the word "wrong," which is misspelled (perhaps deliberately) when placed in chronological order. See more »

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[first lines]
Duncan: [writing] Dear Wendy, Olive, Rhona, Natalie and Gemma. I hope you're happy. If that sounds sarcastic, it was meant to. What you've collectively done to me...
[gets a new pen]
Duncan: What you've collectively done to me...
[gets another pen]
Duncan: What you've collectively done to me is quite an achievement. Four years ago, I was happy to believe in a very simple concept. You might have heard of it, it's called LOVE. But thanks to the five of you, I now know that love is a lie, a myth specifically ...
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The film has a false ending five minutes before the film actually ends, with closing credits starting up and then getting canceled thanks to Duncan's own admission of the false ending. See more »

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Written by K. McCracken, J. Ward, J. Dalby, and J. Hannan
Performed by Gloria Cycles
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Clever plot devices abound in this quirky and well-executed rom-com
13 July 2009 | by MiakmynovSee all my reviews

"You'll probably wind up sitting next to the cast and crew" suggested the marketing blurb on the Edinburgh International Film Festival poster; an unlikely overstatement I thought, until I went to this little gem of a film, and the bloke in the next seat along turned out to be the Directory of Photography. Indeed, a healthy smattering of the cast and crew pitched up for the film's second showing, and fair play to them for taking the trouble.

I'm not really a great one for rom-coms, this was a definite wife-pick and I went in with limited expectations. However, it didn't take long for a fairly rapid re-appraisal. The basic premise - a series of takes on why some relationships don't work out from the perspective of a slightly geeky bloke (apparently, this is grossly unfair as my wife informs me that he's pretty hot stuff) – is not desperately original, but the manner of its execution is both well above the average and decidedly original.

The film is crammed with witty and ingenious ideas – the Barbie doll vignette to summarise the 'girl on a plane' back-story is inspired, as is the Theme Park concept of a different ride for each girlfriend. Nice. The cameos are perfectly-pitched, in particular Michael Sheen and Johnny Ball, and the effervescent Vitamin C tablet fake ending was equally well-judged. The pace is fast and there's little, if any, slack in the tight script – indeed, if I had a minor grumble, it would be that I felt the film would have benefited from a little more time spent on character development of girlfriends 1-4.

Effective as a comedy on a number of levels, it even managed to slot in some painful relationship truisms – the 'cereal box' effect at the start of a relationship, yet another clever idea – that had the audience chuckling in knowing appreciation.

It left me wanting more, and I hope that commercial success beckons, because this film thoroughly merits it. 7/10 (which is admittedly a bit mean, and more down to me not really liking the genre).


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