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The Five-Year Engagement

A movie directed by Nicholas Stoller

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A Virtually Unknown Gem

  • Mar 11, 2013
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 England and also is a psychology graduate.  When she gets a nice assignment at the University of Michigan, Segel decides to give up his dream and move with Blunt to live hers in Michigan.

The couple never seems to get married and the longer they are in Michigan, Blunts grandparents start dying off.  The couple can never seem to plan out a proper wedding and Segel's life keeps getting more boring.   The best job he can get is at a sandwich shop while his best friend (married to Blunt's sister) got the head chef job in the San Francisco restaraunt and is starting to have a pretty large family with Blunt's sister.

I found this movie a lot of fun and there is excellent chemistry between Blunt and Segel.  The supporting group is fun and everything about the movie seems to relate back to a psych experiement the group does where they provide test subjects with stale donuts.  The subjects are told that if they wait, they will be delivered fresh ones.  This experiment will also impact the Blunt/Segel relationship throughout the film.

The film was a bit long and that was the only thing that prevented me from rating it higher but it is a lot better than most of the mindless comedies that seem to be flooding out of Hollywood these days.

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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 …
review by . April 28, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
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