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5 to 7

5 to 7

Rated: R for some sexual material.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: May 1, 2014 Released by: IFC Films

A conventional romantic yarn has a coy quality that isn't always convincing in schematically coalescing modern society with the fairy tale (A Little Mermaid is referenced).

Yet, 5 To 7 shows Victor Levin (an established small-screen producer) battling through inexperience like the main character played by Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness, Charlie Bartlett) with charming nods at the likes of Woody Allen and Jean-Luc Godard.

A crestfallen struggling writer that is Yelchin's Brian Bloom gets a boost in his social life from rejection letters posted in his Manhattan flat when he just happens to cross the street and attracts the alluring Arielle (a model in Berenice Marlohe of Skyfall) enjoying a cigarette outside the St. Regis hotel.

Brian's naivety comes into play when Arielle informs him she has the titular restriction of when she can meet with him and a cosmopolitan subject appears in place that involves wantonness and benefits.

The cast includes real-life folk like Daniel Boulud and Julian Bond, as well as Alan Gilbert (of the NY Philharmonic Orchestra), besides Lambert Wilson (Of Gods and Men) as an envoy husband and an ebullient Olivia Thirlby (Juno and the lesser seen The Wackness) as a mistress, as well as an engaging book editor. Brian's affluent Jewish parents, well-played by Frank Langella and Glenn Close aren't all that hospitable when they learn he's involved with a married woman with two kids.

5 To 7 may not be sensitive, complementary enough to adult Americans who'll still like the sincerity in the production from the score to the look, fashioned with enough pleasant aromatic emotion by Yelchin, Marlohe, and Thirlby.

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