Nicholas Sparks + Woody Allen = 5 to 7

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5 to 7 (Anton Yelchin and Bérénice Marlohe)

I watched 5 to 7 over the weekend. IFC Films sent me a screener to review the film on my movie blog. I loved it. It’s about a young man who falls in love with an older, married woman. Their love raises an interesting question: do love and marriage necessarily go together? The acting was OK, but I enjoyed the story and dialogue. It was very witty. If I had to sum up the movie in a few words, I would say 5 to 7 is a Nicholas Sparks love story with Woody Allen’s witty dialogue. 5 to 7 will open in theaters on April 3rd and will be available via video-on-demand on April 10th. Continue reading to learn six things about the film.

6 Things About 5 to 7

  1. It’s a Nicholas Sparks story
    The script was written by Victor Levin, who was also the director. However, the script reads like a Nicholas Sparks novel. The story is about two people (Brian and Arielle) meeting and falling in love. The problem is that one of the lovebirds is married with two kids. She’s French, and according to the movie, affairs are acceptable in her French culture from the hours of 5 to 7. Brian is reluctant at first, but goes along with the arrangement because he likes her. But things get complicated when they both fall in love with each other. But just like a Nicholas Sparks story, their love does not end well.

  2. The story takes place in New York and the characters talk like Woody Allen
    One of the things I like about 5 to 7 is the witty banter in the movie. It reminded me of the type of dialogue you hear in a Woody Allen film. The story even takes place in New York. I’m not sure if people talk like this in real life, but I enjoyed the dialogue. It made me wish I could engage in witty conversations like the characters in the movie.

  3. You can’t write until you’ve been in love
    At the start of the story, Brian struggles with getting his stories published. He is rejected by one publisher after another. According to the movie, this is mainly because he has no real life or friends. But after he meets the love of his life and experiences love and heartbreak, Brian’s writing career takes off. This part of the film was a bit of a cliche, but I didn’t mind.

  4. The French tunes are lovely
    In some of the scenes, you can hear French songs in the background. I thought they were a nice touch considering one of the main characters is French. The songs were lovely. It’s a shame you can’t purchase the movie soundtrack.

  5. Chekov falls in love with a Bond girl
    The stars of the movie are Anton Yelchin (Chekov in the Star Trek reboot) and Bérénice Marlohe (Bond girl in Skyfall). Anton played the part of Brian, while Bérénice played the part of Brian’s love interest, Arielle. They were both fine. Olivia Thirlby also stood out. I love her personality in the film. She played the part of Jane, a young and sexy editor. At times, I thought she was a better match for Brian. 5 to 7 also featured Glenn Close (Arlene), Eric Stoltz (Galassi), Frank Langella (Sam), Jocelyn DeBoer (Brian’s wife), Lambert Wilson (Valery), Dov Tiefenbach (cashier), Joe D’Onofrio (waiter), Amina Robinson (Nanny), Gregg Micheals (literary patron), Kelly Hartnett (Arielle look alike), Heather Warren (bookseller), and Paul Thornton (pedestrian).

  6. 5 to 7 is rated R
    Based on the screener I saw, I thought the 97-minute film was rated PG-13. But the movie is actually rated R. There were some sex scenes, but nothing graphic (except for one minor scene in the dark) and there was no nudity.

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