The Last Five Years

2015 PG-13 1h 34m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Last Five Years

2015 PG-13 1h 34m Blu-ray / DVD
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Telling their story through song, novelist Jamie and his actress wife Cathy retrace the blossoming and decay of their five-year romance from opposite ends of the timeline and meeting in the middle -- with Jamie's marriage proposal.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
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age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Last Five Years is based on an off-Broadway musical from 2002 in which a man and a woman take turns chronicling the demise of their relationship, with the twist being that Cathy (Anna Kendrick) tells her story from end to beginning, while Jamie (Jeremy Jordan) tells his side from beginning to end. Although the film is being marketed as a romance, it's obvious from the very beginning (Cathy's first song is about grieving the end of her marriage) that things don't work out for the couple. The language is occasionally strong, including "f--k" and "s--t," and there are a few scantily clad love scenes, some of which include adultery. Lyrics include a few suggestive phrases, and there's also some drinking and a quick shot of a woman using a bong.

Sexual Content

Sex scenes include one when Jamie and Cathy first meet; they're shown half-dressed tussling around on a bed (she's in just a bra, and he's shirtless as they're under the sheets). In another scene, they're in bed, and you see bare shoulders. And during one song late in the film, he commits adultery with various women, all of whom wear skimpy lingerie. Some song lyrics are suggestive.


Not applicable


A couple of uses of "s--t," plus one "f--k," "bitch," "hell," "damn," "ass," etc.

Social Behavior

Despite being about the demise of a marriage (due to physical separation and lack of emotional support), the movie has worthwhile messages about how insecurity and resentment can eat away at a loving relationship. Also, you can't avoid success to make someone else feel better about their own losses, and it's important to believe in yourself.


iPhone, MacBook.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults drink at parties and receptions. In a quick shot of Jamie's ex-girlfriends, one smokes a bong.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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