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My Last Five Girlfriends [DVD]

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  • Actors: Brendan Patricks, Naomie Harris, Kelly Adams, Cécile Cassel, Jane March
  • Directors: Julian Kemp
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Aug. 2010
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NE4V4G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,595 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

After his latest failed relationship, Duncan has hit emotional rock bottom. He just can't understand what, or who, has caused all of his relationships to fail. In a final attempt to find out where it all went wrong, Duncan takes a ride through the memories of his last five relationships.

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Based on the novel by Alain de Botton, My Last Five Girlfriends tells the story of Duncan, played by Brendan Patricks, who when we meet him, is seriously considering taking his own life. It’s not the jolliest way to open up a romantic comedy, granted, but it kick-starts a journey for Brendan where he tracks down his previous five girlfriends. The idea, as you might have guessed, is to find out from them just where he’s being going wrong in life. Brought to the screen by Julian Kemp, who directs the film and wrote the screenplay too, and he makes Duncan’s journey in My Last Five Girlfriends an interesting and entertaining one. It’s very much off the beaten track where romantic comedies are concerned and all the better for it, examining the frailties and construction of relationships, and looking subtlety at what’s important within them. If that all sounds a little mawkish, however, then don’t be afraid. My Last Five Girlfriends is happy to take structural risks, and it’s also grounded by a strong central performance from Brendan Patricks. The real credit though must go to Kemp, who’s taken an interesting book, and turned it into a surprisingly compelling movie, and one that comes suitably recommended. --Jon Foster

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. H. GILL on 18 Aug. 2010
Format: DVD
Great UK film, a nice deconstruction of the rom-com format, an anti-rom-com disguised as a rom-com with plenty of laugh out loud moments and a wonderful central performance by newcomer Brendan Patricks, with nuanced emotional touches and a a great dryness; never overstated. Best bit though involves a talking toy elephant but you'll have to buy it to savour that and in turn support independent UK film making.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Foofighter on 21 Aug. 2010
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Totally cool film-making, My Last 5 Girlfriends renews your faith in the British film industry. Great script,direction,performances,and design. Constantly surprises you. Check it out.
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I dont know where I recognise the protagonist from.

"Olive. Almost everything I told you was a lie."

It seems like quite an amusing suicide note!

He's quite a creative person.

This is just going to be one of those special films isnt it..

"I thought the seat felt uncomfortable!"
- "No that's normal. - That's economy!"

"Sorry. You must have thought you're next to a right nutter!"

First of all is Wendy.

She's got a big appetite!

"I love airline food!"

He collects sick bags! Ha ha

Anyone who doesn't like this movie has no imagination btw.

"Well one of those rash decisions became me!"

"Divine Dating. - Because one day the Big Fella will get round to you!"

"..I was meant to fall in love with those eyes, that way of combing her hair and biting her lip!"

"..But surely if you keep on lying to him its only going to make things worse!"

He looks like Hugh Grant.

"..Or maybe I just never stood any chance in the first place!"

I want to go to Duncan World!!

"The world's theme park devoted to a complete nobody." - Absolutely brilliant!

"After five dates with Olive I still knew almost nothing about her!"

"Was your childhood difficult?!"
- "In parts!"

"Did Olive like me anymore because I lied?!"

"Maybe I should propose the metaphorical cup of coffee?!"

"In the end. The double chocolate cake made the decision for me!"

"Why are they in shoes?!"

"Yeh and you forgot to mention they're f&*^ing horrible!"

"It was like Rhona was a wonderful symphony orchestra but one or two of the players were slightly off key!
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I write following three 5-star reviews, which were there when I bought the dvd (and why I bought the dvd). But although the film tries hard to be quirky and funny, to be successful it does have to have at heart a character you are interested in, a plotline that's believable and acting that conveys the point. I am afraid that on all these points it fails. Brendan Patricks's character is a loser, but he has no star power as an actor and limited acting ability (compare, say, Ryan Reynolds in Definitely Maybe or John Cusack in High Fidelity, both of which films cover exactly the same territory). The film cannot decide whether it takes itself seriously or zanily; it opts mainly for zany and so to my mind misses the opportunities for bathos and believability. And the acting, of Patricks and especially Naomie Harris, is in my opinion not up to the task. The film ends up trying hard (sometimes surely a bit too hard for most tastes) but it is just not that good. The dvd has gone into the "give away" pile rather than my library of "keeps".
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. Ralph on 22 July 2010
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UK filmmaking needs more shots in the arm like this movie. An intelligent, complex and mature portrayal of relationships that subverts the traditional rom-com clichés and turns them into something truly original. Hilariously funny and deeply moving - the characters in this movie are never ciphers but rich and rounded renderings of people you recognise. I loved it on every level and heartily recommend it to everyone. Proves conclusively that a low budget is no barrier to terrific movie making - all plaudits to Julian Kemp for writing and directing. See it.
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