The Five-Year Engagement

The Five-Year Engagement

Nicholas Stoller (2012)

119min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Jason Segel takes on co-writer and leading-man duties in this entertaining romantic comedy, which sees him reteam with his Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek producer Judd Apatow and writer/director Nicholas Stoller. Although crude humour is guaranteed, these guys have a knack for marrying lowbrow gags with affectionate characterisation and some tidy insights into modern relationships. Here, they also benefit from having Emily Blunt as one half of a couple procrastinating over their wedding. She demonstrates a refreshing lack of neuroses, an easy rapport with Segel and does a priceless impression of Cookie Monster. The pair's quarrels over career plans and living arrangements are funny because they ring true, stemming from the pressures of daily life rather than quirks of personality. But there are moments of heightened reality as well, like Segel's regression from city sophisticate to caveman after following his girl to the Midwest. The laughs come easily throughout and, despite its dragged-out ending, this movie has characters you'll enjoy spending time with.

Summary

A couple decide to get married, but before they can begin planning their wedding in earnest, a series of unforeseen events forces them to postpone the big day. As a career opportunity leads them to make a fresh start in another part of the country, second thoughts start to surface and the altar looks a very long way away. Romantic comedy, with Jason Segel, Emily Blunt and Rhys Ifans.

Cast & Crew

Tom Solomon Jason Segel
Violet Barnes Emily Blunt
Winton Childs Rhys Ifans
Alex Eilhauer Chris Pratt
Suzie Barnes-Eilhauer Alison Brie
Sally Lauren Weedman
Carol Solomon Mimi Kennedy
Pete Solomon David Paymer
Director Nicholas Stoller
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes, sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 Jun 2012
Comedy Drama