In theaters and On Demand February 13th, The Last Five Years is hoping to give you something to add to your Valentine’s Day plans. Adapted from the hit musical, the film stars Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan, and for the uninitiated, it details their relationship as she sings songs from the end of their relationship backwards, and he gives you songs from the start forward.

The trailer gives one the impression that this is a fairly niche endeavor, but oh if you’re in that niche, I suspect you’re in for a treat.

How’s this one look to you?

The Last Five Years Poster

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In this adaptation of the hit musical, The Last Five Years is a musical deconstruction of a love affair and a marriage taking place over a five year period. Jamie (Jordan), a young, talented up-and-coming Jewish novelist falls in love with Cathy (Kendrick), a Shiksa Goddess and struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through song. 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.

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