The Five of Me

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  • NR
  • 2013
  • 1 hr 38 min
  • 6.4  (64)

The Five of Me is a 1981 drama film directed by Paul Wendkos and starring David Birney, Dee Wallace and Mitchell Ryan. The film follows the story of a man named Henry Hawksworth (David Birney) who feels weighed down by responsibilities in his life, both at work and at home. He is a successful businessman, but his wife (Dee Wallace) and kids feel neglected by him, and he doesn't quite know how to balance everything. One day, he is involved in a terrible car accident that alters his life in a way he never imagined.

The accident brings about a very unusual condition: Henry begins to split into five versions of himself - each representing a different aspect of his personality. There is the ambitious go-getter, the loving family man, the wild child, the introverted intellectual, and the competitive athlete. Each version of Henry is successful in their own right, and they start to pursue their individual passions while working together as a team to manage their responsibilities. However, things quickly become complicated as each version of Henry begins to crave different things, and none of them can agree on how to live their one shared life.

As the film progresses, we see Henry struggling to come to terms with this new condition, and he must navigate his new reality by learning how to communicate with each of his other selves. He must also grapple with the consequences of his actions, both as an individual and as part of the larger group. Meanwhile, the people in his life, including his wife and his close friend and colleague (Mitchell Ryan), are forced to deal with the changes that Henry's condition has wrought upon him.

Throughout the film, Birney delivers a nuanced performance, portraying each of his different selves with subtlety and depth. As the story unfolds, we see how each version of Henry represents a different facet of his personality, and how each of them must learn to work together in order to be successful. Wallace also turns out a strong performance, portraying the wife who loves her husband but is unsure how to deal with his condition.

Overall, The Five of Me is a thought-provoking drama that delves into complex themes of identity, responsibility, and personal growth. The film immerses the viewer in the world of its unique premise, exploring the many ways in which having multiple personalities can both help and hinder a person. It's a film that challenges audiences to think deeply about what it means to be an individual, and how we can learn to balance our responsibilities while still staying true to ourselves.

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    6.4  (64)