The Frech fabulist and poet Jean de la Fontaine once said, C’est un betail servile et sot a mon avis Que les imitateurs. Translation: Imitators are a slavish herd and fools in my opinion. And if de la Fontaine is proven wrong, the movie My Last Five Girlfriends (MLFG) is definitely the exception.
Having seen and enjoyed High Fidelity (HF), I became curious about MLFG. Both movies work around the same idea: a guy looking back at five of his failed relationships. However, while Rob (John Cusack), the lead in HF, looks back at his “Top 5 Most Memorable Breakups” in an attempt to know why things always go wrong for him in relationships, Duncan (Brendan Patricks) tried to kill himself and failed. This character is such a failure, and so is this film. And while John Cusack is adorably adorably adorable, Breandan Patricks is nothing like him. By the way, both HF and MLFG are based on the literary works of Nick Hornby and Alain de Botton, respectively.
The only thing that could have saved this movie from being a total wreck was using “the world’s first theme park devoted to a complete nobody,” where the nobody was Duncan, and the attractions/rides are named after his last five girlfriends. But the film failed even at that.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Imitation is suicide.” And this holds true for this film.
I have no idea why I bothered watching until the end, but if you love yourself and your life, do not watch this movie. Watch High Fidelity instead.