My Last Five Girlfriends

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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 (C├ęcile 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.
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Special Features

An Interview with Director Julian Kemp and the Cast; Commentary with Director Julian Kemp; Behind the Scenes ; Special Effects Compilation; Extended Probability Sequence; Deleted Scenes; ; Closed Caption
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Of course, we understand that depicting behavior in a film isn't the same thing as endorsing it, but Duncan (an emphatically smarmy Brendan Patricks) is such a callow twit, and the film adopts his point-of-view so completely that My Last Five Girlfriends quickly becomes an unpleasant viewing experience. It's not just him. Julian Kemp's very loose adaptation of Alain de Botton's well-regarded mock philosophical treatise, On Love: A Novel, is hyper-directed and shrill. The conceit of presenting Duncan's romantic life as a theme park feels tired and shallow, but the real problem here is that all the gratuitous directorial flourishes detract from any genuine emotional connection the viewer might make to Duncan, and the women in his life are given short shrift. Imagine High Fidelity as directed by Guy Ritchie, and instead of John Cusack, it's a narcissistic yuppie. (The good news: the British accents have been restored!) The blizzard of misguided animations and half-baked ideas keeps one occupied, as babysitting a hyperactive toddler might, but it makes empathy next to impossible. If this is what the inside of Duncan's mind is like, I'd just as soon get out and never come back. It's a shame, because there are moments in the film that indicate some degree of potential here. Naomie Harris is very talented actress, but we're never really given a chance to understand Gemma, because Duncan doesn't. There's a brief moment--a single shot, really--late in the dissolution of their relationship that captures a genuine sense of painful resignation. It's quietly poignant moment, and it's all the more heartbreaking because it's a rare moment of calm insight in this otherwise antic and irritatingly noisy explosion of sitcom level observations about romance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2011
  • UPC: 767685237298
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Video Group
  • Region Code: 0
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 77,027

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brendan Patricks Duncan
Naomie Harris Gemma
Cecile Cassel Rhona
Kelly Adams Wendy
Edith Bukovics Natalie
Jane March
Technical Credits
Julian Kemp Director, Screenwriter
Andy Blythe Score Composer
John Butterworth Sound/Sound Designer
Penny Hull Sound/Sound Designer
Marten Joustra Score Composer
Michael Kelk Producer
Kit Line Production Designer
Dave Miller Cinematographer
Steve O'Pray Executive Producer
Marion Pilowsky Producer
David Willing Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- My Last Five Girlfriends
1. Introduction [5:52]
2. Wendy [6:43]
3. Diving Dating [5:57]
4. Olive [3:59]
5. Rhona [6:05]
6. Natalie [11:50]
7. Gemma Returns [6:19]
8. The Birthday Card [15:13]
9. The Love Detectives [5:55]
10. The Flight Back [6:45]
11. Romantic Martyr [7:07]
12. Credits [5:16]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- My Last Five Girlfriends
   Play Film
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      My Tribeca Story Presented By American Express
      An Interview with Director Julian Kemp and Cast Presented by American Express
      Behind the Scenes
      Special Effects Compilation
      Extended Probability Sequence
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
            House Of Mirrors
            Duncan Stores
            New Menu Item
   Audio Set-Up
      5.1 Surround
      Stereo
      Audio Commentary with Director Julian Kemp
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