My Last Five Girlfriends (2009)




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Based on the novel On Love by Alain de Botton, writer-director Julian Kemp's My Last Five Girlfriends traces the romantic journey of thirtysomething bachelor Duncan (Brendan Patricks. As the film opens, the despondent Duncan is apparently preparing to take his own life, but not before taking the time to send a message to the last five women he dated. Taking the form of a whirlwind tour through "Duncan World," the film is a comedic exploration of his failed relationships. First there's Wendy (Kelly Adams), who can't get over her ex. Then Duncan adapts a variety of different personalities in a failed effort to charm Olive (Jane March of The Lover). His relationship with Rhona (Cécile Cassel) ends badly because he can't appreciate her sense of style. Things go more smoothly with Natalie (Edith Bukovics), but he pulls back when he begins to feel that they're moving too fast. After their breakup, he pursues Natalie's friend Gemma (Naomie Harris of the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels). With Gemma, Duncan feels that he's learned from his past mistakes and found a potentially lasting and true love, but she seems reluctant to commit. My Last Five Girlfriends had its world premiere at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, where it was shown in the Discovery section. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi
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Jane March
as Olive
Kelly Adams
as Wendy
Edith Bukovics
as Natalie
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Critic Reviews for My Last Five Girlfriends

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (2)

My Last Five Girlfriends is a stab at an anti- romantic comedy, but with too dull a blade.

Full Review… | July 1, 2010
Los Angeles Times
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It's hard to get a date when you won't stop talking about yourself even though you don't have much to say.

May 12, 2010
New York Times
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Enough visual effect shots to rival a Transformers picture. And what does the screen blizzard amount to? An intolerable ride of self-importance and easily avoidable emotional trauma.

Full Review… | February 13, 2011

Director/writer Julian Kemp has totally embraced the notion that life is a merry-go-round and created a quick-paced, whimsical examination of the timeless quest for finding true love.

Full Review… | June 28, 2010

Packed with extremely clever touches, this film demonstrates that brains simply aren't enough for the rom-com genre

Full Review… | April 3, 2010
Shadows on the Wall

If the film is an intriguing attempt to do something different by way of a plot, it is not different enough to do more than pass the time.

March 22, 2010
London Evening Standard

Audience Reviews for My Last Five Girlfriends

The basic idea of this movie was clever, and imaginative. I love quirky, and this was definitely quirky, but sometimes quirky isn't enough. I usually like quirky English movies, especially, but this one just seemed flat.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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Found this on Netflix Instant Queue and after spending half an hour trying to find a decent, short movie that neither of us had seen, my girlfriend and I finally settled on this one. It's not bad! But it's not great, either. If you've had any serious relationships, you can surely relate to some portion of the film. It's British and has a quirky, independent film feeling to it. The cheesiness that almost made me turn it off a few minutes in eventually grew on me, and I also grew to appreciate the strange artistic metaphors. Probably not the best couple movie. It portrays failed relationships rather than cute, successful ones. But there's stuff you can relate to and plenty of intimate/silly relationship humor thrown in too. Not a must-see, not a can't-see. If you can't decide on a Netflix movie and really want to watch one, it might be worth your while.

Andy Riffel
Andy Riffel

This movie is basically High Fidelity without the music store and most of the charm. While there were a few scenes I found to be pretty entertaining, as a whole this dragged and came across as a second-rate ripoff.

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