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The Five-Year Engagement

A movie directed by Nicholas Stoller

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Engaging and Funny?

  • Apr 28, 2012


Written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller

Directed by Nicholas Stoller

Starring Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt and Alison Brie


Susie Barnes: You know I don’t believe in kids and marriage and shit but when I see the two of you together, I get what the whole situation is about.


A comedy called THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT promises a cute couple who will inevitably run into a number of obstacles on their way to the alter. You half expect disasters with the florist, catastrophes with the caterer and unexpected happenings to happen just in time to postpone the wedding a little while longer. Instead, what you get in the Nicholas Stoller (FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, GET HIM TO THE GREEK) version of this movie, is one where only one thing gets in the way of the titular engagement becoming a wedding - life. And this particular life is likely a lot more real than you would ever guess.


Tom and Violet (Jason Segel and Emily Blunt) are absolutely adorable with each other on screen. They met on New Year’s Eve at a costumed superhero party of sorts and then are engaged a year later on the same night. He is a promising sous-chef on the hot San Francisco restaurant scene and she is a bright academic, who is awaiting placement at a prominent San Francisco university to pursue her doctorate. They are the envy of their friends and family and why shouldn’t they be? They have the real deal, the kind of love that is increasingly only found in the movies. Segel and Blunt make you believe you can still find a love like this in real life even in today’s cynical times and this is partly thanks to all the real life garbage that these two get dealt that derails their wedding plans. Trouble with the seating arrangement is one thing; figuring out how to compromise in a relationship so that both parties are happy with their lives, now that’s a whole other trick to master.


The hard times Tom and Violet go through on their way to their wedding make THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT a much more sombre comedy than one would expect. Still, when its funny, it is uproarious. It’s hard not to be with such an incredibly strong supporting cast, from Chris Pratt and Alison Brie, as the disastrous counter couple to Tom and Violet, who seem to get everything right without even trying, to recent Oscar nominee, Jacki Weaver, as the driest of future mother-in-law’s that there ever was. Director, Stoller, along with his writing partner, Segel, continue to prove that they can find great laughs in some of life’s more sobering experiences. And in doing so here, they prove how little significance a wedding truly has when weighed against the marriage itself.

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April 29, 2012
this looked interesting but I am not sure. Methinks I'll see on dvd because of Emily Blunt LOL
April 30, 2012
It's a really cute film with some very big laughs but it was a lot more sad than I expected going in. It may play a little too real for some. Maybe DVD is the better way to go. Segel and Blunt do not disappoint.
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review by . March 11, 2013
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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
posted in Movie Hype
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 26, 2012
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'The Five Year Engagement' 'Two Jews On Film' Agree - It Was Four Years Too Long
      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 …
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