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Synopsis: The Last 5 Years by Tony award winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown is a musical deconstruction of a love affair and a marriage taking place over a five year period. Jamie Wellerstein is a young, talented up and coming Jewish novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt, a Shiksa Goddess struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through songs using an intercutting time line device; all of Cathy's songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair while Jamie's songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. They meet in the center when Jamie proposes.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Director(s): Richard LaGravenese
Production: Radius-TWC
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

And the point is, Jamie

That you can't spend

a single day that's not about

You and you and nothing but you

"Mahvelous" novelist, you

Isn't he wonderful? Just 28

The savior of writing

You and you and nothing but you

Miles and piles of you

Pushing through windows

and bursting through walls

En route to the sky

And I

I swear to God I'll never understand

How you can stand there

straight and tall

And see I'm crying

And not do anything at all

Yeah, hello?

Yeah, this is Jamie Wellerstein.

Oh, OK.


Wait, who? Who told you?

Wait, wait, you...

you read my manuscript?

But how did you...

Oh, oh, yeah, Professor Adler.

No, no, no, no, that's... that's great!

That's... that's... That's really...

It's a second draft, you know.

It's... it's a work in progress,

it's getting there, though.

I'm sorry, who... Random House read it?

Oh, my... that's...

That's great. That's... Holy sh*t!

I'm sorry... that's...

no, no, no, no, no!

No, no. No.

OK. Yes. Yes.

Yes, I'm 23. I'm...

No, I didn't finish,

but whatever. That's...

Yes, I can meet you. New York.

Yes, I'm in New York. Yeah, I live here.

OK. Yes. I mean, I can come today.

Great. Great. Great. Great. Great.

Oh, my God. OK.

Yes, I will see you there. I am so... looking... looking forward

to meeting you, Ms. Whitfield.

OK. OK. OK, Linda.

We're like friends, Linda.

Uh, OK, great. That's... that's fine.

OK, bye.



Hey, so I was thinking

about what you said.

- Let's move in together.

- Really?!

- Jamie, what happened?

- I'll tell you later, all right?

Just find an apartment, and I love you.

I... Jamie... Jamie, wait!

Did I just hear an alarm start ringing?

Did I see sirens go flying past?

Though I don't know

what tomorrow's bringing

I've got a singular impression

Things are moving too fast

I'm gliding smooth as a figure skater

I'm riding hot as a rocket blast

I just expected it ten years later

I've got a singular impression

Things are moving too fast

And you say "Oh, no, step on the brakes

Do whatever it takes,

but stop this train

Slow, slow, the light's turning red"

But I say "No, no,

Whatever I do I barrel on through

and I don't complain"

No matter what I try

I'm flying full speed ahead

I'm never worried to walk the wire

I won't do anything just half-assed

But with the stakes

getting somewhat higher

I've got a singular impression

That things are moving too fast

I found a woman I love

And I found an agent who loves me

He's like a young Jonathan Franzen.

Things might get bumpy

But some people analyze every detail

Some people stall

when they can't see the trail

Some people freeze out of fear

that they'll fail

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Richard LaGravenese

Richard LaGravenese (born October 30, 1959) is an American screenwriter and film director, best known as the writer of The Fisher King. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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