Valentine’s day is just ten days away, so naturally the cinema will be jam-packed with all kinds of rom-coms and chick flicks for those in the mood for love … well, if you’re into the type of clichéd, mawkish, schmaltzy, [insert similar adjective here] schlock that is. Castor @ Anomalous Material blog wrote this funny but spot-on rant about the state of rom-com (hint: it’s the opposite of alive). No doubt he’s not the only one exasperated by absurd premises and one dimensional characterization found in flicks such as Four Christmases, Leap Year, Couples Retreat, The Ugly Truth, Love Happens, and the recently released When In Rome. Basically anything by the three Jennifers: Aniston, Garner, Lopez, should be considered red flags.
So when I stumbled upon this trailer (thanks to HeyUGuys!), I just had to share it with you. It looks like a comedy about romance, but not exactly a romantic comedy. So it kind of promises to be the anti rom-com of sorts, and the trailer does look promising.
It was screened at Tribecca last April, 2009, and will be released in the UK later in March. Not sure when it’ll hit our shores, but I’ll be sure to check this out on dvd when it arrives.
Below is the synopsis and brief review from the Tribecca Festival film guide page:
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. Was it something he did… or didn’t do? In a final attempt to find out where it all went wrong, Duncan takes a ride through the memories of his last five relationships. He’s pretended not to care about ex-boyfriends that haven’t quite disappeared, disastrously attempted to give fashion advice, and even been the first to utter those three special words—nothing seems to work out, but that’s all about to change.
Though its themes of love and relationships are as common and old as art itself, My Last Five Girlfriends is anything but ordinary. Julian Kemp’s adaptation of Alain De Botton’s international best seller On Love is a unique and wonderful story about love and our addiction to it. Its clever and innovative structure, like relationships themselves, can veer into unexpected places. Brendan Patricks handles Duncan’s roller-coaster journey with delicious wit and charm, and each of his five leading ladies bring interesting idiosyncratic nuances to their characters in this poignant and whimsical tale.