The Five-Year Engagement

five year engagement


Jason Segel, Emily Blunt
Directed by Nicholas Stoller
Rating: B-

Tom (Segel) proposes to his year-long girlfriend Violet (Blunt) but staying engaged is something that becomes too easy for them. Violet gets accepted at Michigan University to be a part of the department of psychology team, something she has been working years at. So she and Tom uproot their San Franciscan lives to move to Michigan, where talented chef Tom can only find work as a sandwich maker at a popular cafe in town. The couple finds various reasons to prolong their wedding, only to come to the important question staring them in the face: what is more important- getting ahead in Violet’s career or finally tying the knot?

Just another romantic comedy of the year, “The Five-Year Engagement” is an unexplored story line of a couple who keep putting off their wedding. With some cliches and predictable drama, it’s still a film with a promising tagline to reel in the viewers. Judging from the commercial, this movie appears humorous and with actors Segel and Blunt as the leads, it could be potentially worth seeing.

While Tom struggles to accept the path his life is taking, Violet gets drawn deep in her dream as she sets out to what she’s been working towards. Though the couple claims to know each other better than anyone else, they have trouble talking about the obvious, Tom’s downward spiral of what his life has become and the never-ending engagement. The movie takes on a realism that most romantic comedies don’t. It deals with the hardships that would delay a couple getting married, like Tom’s resentment of what his career has become over the potential of what it could have been.

“The Five-Year Engagement” actually feels like a five-year engagement when viewing this movie. Only at a running time of two hours, viewers go through the stages of boredom and entertained numerous times. The film opens up and introduces the characters and their excitement of getting engaged. Then as conflict after conflict keep reoccurring, it reaches a slow point. It’s hard to predict the outcome when it feels like it should be ending any minute but there’s actually thirty minutes left. Then finally the ending arrives, though a bit rushed it comes off as spontaneous and works out.

In the end, I would recommend waiting for “The Five-Year Engagement” to be released on DVD before spending money at the movies to see it. It depends on your movie tastes, because those who are a big fan of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Bridesmaids” might actually enjoy this a lot then someone who is looking to be entertained but doesn’t really care about the premise.


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