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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 ... 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:

$42,042, 15 February 2015

Gross USA:

$145,427

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$292,092
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot in 21 days. The last day of shooting was the last song of the score "Goodbye Until Tomorrow". Shot entirely in New York, Brooklyn and Staten Island. 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 Leave It to Beaver (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Climbing Uphill
Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Performed by Anna Kendrick
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See the play instead
15 February 2015 | by SuzyCayenneSee all my reviews

I really liked the way the story lines were a reverse parallel, with one character starting at the end and working backwards, and the other starting at the beginning and going forwards until they converged.

I liked the way the plot didn't go with the usual romantic clichés, but added some complexity to what could have been just another boy meets girl story.

The music wasn't overly memorable, but there was a clever catchy quality to the lyrics much of the time, and the tunes were sufficiently serviceable to not detract.

BUT...why oh why do directors use such fakey lip synching? I really think it would be far better to use live singing, even with an occasional flaw (as, for example, was done with Les Miserables, which took real guts given the scope of that film!) I understand that the actors did at least do their own singing, but still, the lip sync makes the inherently unlikely format of a musical frequently seem silly--and I am actually a big fan of the old, classic musicals like The Sound of Music, etc.

Also, it was so obvious that they were not actually singing at those moments, because you HAVE GOT TO OPEN YOUR MOUTH to make those sounds! Finally, and this may just be a personal (lack of) preference, but I found Anna Kendrick's voice to often have an unpleasant, fingernails-on-chalkboard edge to it.


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