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The Last Five Years hits a few awkward notes in its transition from stage to screen, but its freshness and sincere charm -- and well-matched stars -- offer their own rewards. Read critic reviews

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In New York, a struggling actress (Anna Kendrick) and a successful writer (Jeremy Jordan) sing about their failed marriage from two perspectives.

Cast & Crew

Anna Kendrick
Cathy Hiatt
Jeremy Jordan
Jamie Wallerstein
Bettina Bresnan
Heather Greenblatt
Charly Bivona
Annie Mincus
Alex Stebbins
Karen Pincus
Lily LaGravenese
Lisa Katz
Betina Joly
Stacy Rosen
Marceline Hugot
Mrs. Whitfield
Steven Orman
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Laura Ivey
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Alan Simpson
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Brian O'Shea
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Don Simpson
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Robert Immerman
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RSD Immerman
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Paul Silver
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Sherie Rene Scott
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Ruth Mutch
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Craig Balsam
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Jen Namoff
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Geoff Soffer
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Steven Meizler
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Critic Reviews for The Last Five Years

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  • The unbalanced nature of the adaptation makes for a basically unsatisfying experience (Jamie, a jerk, gets his way with everything, and Cathy, a sweetheart, doesn't), but there are moments of real delight in the movie ...

    December 31, 2015 | Full Review…
  • LaGravenese doesn't seem to have a particular vision for how to shoot or tell this particular story, so he just aims for the most straightforward method possible most of the time, and that ultimately cripples the film in ways it can't recover from.

    December 17, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a film to bring tears to the eyes of a cynic - in fact, a cynic might relish it more than anyone, since it's the counterpointing of exuberance with unashamed bleakness that makes The Last Five Years so rich.

    April 19, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Kendrick puts across her songs with toothsome charm and conviction but the flashback structure is cumbersome, the music isn't distinctive and Jamie is such a preening narcissist that you can't help but think Cathy is well rid of him.

    April 16, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • A patchy adaptation of a Broadway musical -- think The Umbrellas of Williamsburg -- which is elevated but not entirely saved by the presence of Anna Kendrick in one of the two central roles.

    April 16, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This is what Fifty Shades of Grey should have been. Only instead of whips and riding crops, the female lead must submit to infidelity and career humiliation.

    April 16, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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  • Sep 05, 2015
    It's a musical about the beginning and end of a five-year relationship, and each partner is starting at a different point and meeting in the middle. If that sounds confusing, The Last Five Years will do little to better orient you, the audience, on its criss-crossing narrative-leaping timeline. Anna Kendrick is Cathy, who is traveling from the breakup of her marriage to the moment she met her eventual husband. Jeremy Jordan is Jamie, who is traveling the more linear path of infatuation to marriage to his divorce from Cathy. Neither character is particularly that involving though their eventual conflicts that lead to their parting of ways are more relatable than I was expecting since Jamie becomes a publishing phenom. I was looking for parallels with the song pairings, since we switch from a Cathy song to Jamie song, but the more I listened the more the narrative structure felt like an unjustified gimmick. Director Richard LaGravenese (Beautiful Creatures) feels like he was rushed to complete this film because much of the camerawork feels lacking, losing track of the characters in their long takes. Could he afford to do more than one take? There isn't so much a sense of style or expanding into the medium of film. It feels like LaGravense was grabbing what he could. But that's not the biggest problem. The biggest problem is that for an entirely sung musical (there may be like two lines of spoken dialogue) none of the songs are particularly memorable. Even minutes after finishing the film, I could not for the life of me hum one tune. To be fair the music isn't offensive to the ears, but it falls within this vanilla middle ground that plays like it should be background noise rather than featured music. Kendrick and Jordan do a serviceable job singing these bland songs, but when your movie is wall-to-wall with music that doesn't engage or register, it's the equivalent of a comedy being unfunny. The Last Five Years is a movie musical that is decidedly pleasant and deadly bland. Nate's Grade: C+
    Nate Z Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2015
    Based on a stage musical, The Last Five Years explores a couple's relationship; starting with their separation, and then going back to its begin, showing how it grew and then fell apart. The storytelling employs some interesting techniques that are quite effective; especially the transitions between time periods. And, Anna Kendrick gives a strong performance that brings a lot of energy to the film. But the writing is rather poor, as the characters (and their relationship) aren't that engaging. Additionally, there's not really a sense of tragedy or sadness to the breakup. The Last Five Years is fun at times, and entertaining (due largely to the music), but it ultimately fails to tell a compelling story.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2015
    Bittersweet musical adaptation; if you can get through the first ten minutes then you'll probably enjoy it. The songs are clever but it's the lead performance from Anna Kendrick that will stick with you.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2015
    The odds were stacked heavily against everyone involved making this film adaptation work, so the fact that it's not a complete disaster (and actually enjoyable) is impressive. Not everything works in translation but Jordan and especially Kendrick knock it out of the park.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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