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The Five-Year Engagement

A movie directed by Nicholas Stoller

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'The Five Year Engagement' 'Two Jews On Film' Agree - It Was Four Years Too Long

  • Apr 26, 2012

By Joan Alperin Schwartz

Unlike John, the other half of the 'Two Jews On Film, it doesn't take a lot for me to enjoy a film...Basically, I want to care about the characters and their story.   And this brings me to my problem with...'The Five Year Engagement', directed by Nicholas Stoller ('Get Him To The Greek')  I just didn't care.

Not only didn't I care about the two lead characters, Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) but theyreallyreally annoyed me.. 

The film starts out promising. Tom, an up and coming chef in San Francisco, proposes rather romantically, to his British girlfriend, Violet. She happily accepts thing we know...

There's an engagement party, where we meet the couple's parents, friends and Emily's over emotional sister, Suzie (the very funny, Alison Brie).  Suzie's toast to the happy couple is definitely the highlight of this film.

Anyway, Tom and Violet start to plan their wedding, set the date, etc...and all is wonderful in their world...Until...

Violet gets accepted at the University of Michigan to study and teach psychology.  Tom, being the nice guy that he is, agrees to leave San Fran and move guessed it...

The wilds of...Michigan...Tom figures that he can get a chef job anywhere, right?...Hmm, not quite.  After being turned down by several upscale restaurants, Tom winds up working at a local deli, making sandwiches.

He's not exactly...'living the dream'  Violet,  She thrives while Tom goes
Some of the highlights of his descent...Tom becomes a hunter...killing defenseless deer, while wearing really ugly sweaters, that his new friend, Chris Parnell, a stay at home dad, knits for him.  Our guy also grows a scraggly beard, raises bees, and makes mead.  Really???

So, the wedding date keeps getting postponed...over and over and over again.  At the same time, to Violet's chagrin, her sister Suzie winds up marrying Tom's best friend, fellow chef, Alex (Chris Pratt) and has babies and lots of hot sex.

Chris Pratt, by the way, plays the exact same character he portrays in his t.v. show 'Parks and Recreation'.

Considering that Judd Apatow was the producer and I am a big fan of Segel, I really expected so much more from this romantic comedy.  There are some funny moments, but on the whole, I found it predictable and plodding.

'The Five Year Engagement' opens in theatres, April 27, 2012.  I gave it 2 bagels out of 5.

Check out our video to see John's thoughts and his rating.  I'd wait for DVD.
'The Five Year Engagement' 'Two Jews On Film' Agree - It Was Four Years Too Long 'The Five Year Engagement' 'Two Jews On Film' Agree - It Was Four Years Too Long

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May 06, 2012
I was just telling @ that I wasn't sure about this. I am not big on this type of movies so I'd better just stay away.
May 06, 2012
stay far, far away.
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I just happened to catch this one on cable the other day.  Jason Segel and Emily Blunt meet at New Year's Eve party.  She is dressed as Princess Diana and he in a Bunny costume.  The two hit it off and then in a very 'awkward" moment they propose to each other.   They then go to plan their wedding.      Segel is a chef at a top San Francisco restaurant and on the verge of being named head chef.  Blunt is a Brit with a large family in …
review by . May 02, 2012
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Star Rating:         I have no idea if five years is too long a time to be engaged, but I do know that, at 124 minutes, The Five-Year Engagement is too long a film. It’s not so much that it’s bogged down by superfluous subplots or an overabundance of characters. It does, however, suffer from a lack of reasonable pacing. Many scenes feel unnecessarily extended; I have no way of knowing if any of the dialogue was actually improvised, but certain passages do …
review by . April 28, 2012
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My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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