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Tribeca 2009: “My Last Five Girlfriends.”

Tribeca 2009: “My Last Five Girlfriends.” (photo)

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Julian Kemp’s “My Last Five Girlfriends” is less romance than ode to heartbreak — the London-based comedy starts off with a suicide attempt by Duncan (Brendan Patricks), whose will to live has been shattered by the brutal end of his most recent relationship. The story then cycles back to the beginning of the trail of doomed romances, introducing us to Wendy (Kelly Adams) — wasn’t over her ex; Olive (Jane March) — impenetrable; Rhona (Cécile Cassel) — moody and just not the right fit; Natalie (Edith Bukovics) — co-dependent; and Gemma (Naomie Harris), who he loved the most and who cheated on him with his best friend.

Adapted from Swiss writer Alain de Botton’s rather precious best-seller “On Love,” “My Last Five Girlfriends” plays like a revved-up “High Fidelity” without the delayed coming of age. The film snaps, quick cut, from one clever visual bit to another — a stuffed elephant offers distracting commentary during a hook-up, a framing device imagines Duncan’s life as a theme park, with each girl given her own themed ride. It’s entertaining, but it all has the unmistakably flat feel of a (admittedly clever) TV sitcom, the segments skimming through what Duncan understood about each girl, half reminiscence, half therapy session. Patricks is likable as a lead and a narrator, but the film is written so insistently from Duncan’s point of view that he seems a perpetual victim, none of his would-be loves emerging as flesh and blood.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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