The Five-Year Engagement (2012)

The Five-Year Engagement
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Strong sexual references and coarse language

Director: Nicholas Stoller
Actors: Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Alison Brie, Chris Pratt, Mimi Kennedy, Jacki Weaver, David Paymer, Jim Piddock, Dakota Johnson, Rhys Ifans, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, Brian Posehn, Chris Parnell

The director and writer/star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall reteam for the irreverent comedy The Five-Year Engagement. Beginning where most romantic comedies end, the new film from director Nicholas Stoller, producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Rodney Rothman (Get Him to the Greek) looks at what happens when an engaged couple, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle. The film was written by Segel and Stoller.

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Status: QuickPick
Run time: 100mins
Origin: UNITED STATES
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Get them to the church
by Simon Miraudo,

The Five-Year Engagement is perfect for anyone who liked Blue Valentine, but felt it was a little light on the yuks. Director Nicholas Stoller reunites with his Forgetting Sarah Marshall star and screenwriter Jason Segel for yet another trip down Disintegrating Relationship Lane. This time around, they track the post-courtship of Tom (Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt); from the dizzying highs following his proposal of marriage, to the tedious lows of stasis half a decade later. It's not a patch on their previous collaborations - including The Muppets, which they co-wrote - nor will it be remembered as among the upper echelon of producer Judd Apatow's stable (not even close). That being said, The Five-Year Engagement is pretty funny throughout and exceptionally funny on occasion, and sadly, t...

The Five-Year Engagement is perfect for anyone who liked Blue Valentine, but felt it was a little light on the yuks. Director Nicholas Stoller reunites with his Forgetting Sarah Marshall star and screenwriter Jason Segel for yet another trip down Disintegrating Relationship Lane. This time around, they track the post-courtship of Tom (Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt); from the dizzying highs following his proposal of marriage, to the tedious lows of stasis half a decade later. It's not a patch on their previous collaborations - including The Muppets, which they co-wrote - nor will it be remembered as among the upper echelon of producer Judd Apatow's stable (not even close). That being said, The Five-Year Engagement is pretty funny throughout and exceptionally funny on occasion, and sadly, that is a rarity in modern rom-coms, for which the percentage of success has become even bleaker than the national divorce rate.

Masterchef Tom and budding academic Violet meet on New Year's Eve at a fancy dress party; he in a bunny costume, and she as Princess Diana. Twelve months later, he pops the question at the location of their first kiss, and, were the credits to roll, we would expect them to begin their march towards marital bliss. Not quite. For all their romantic intentions, obstacles of varying significance keep getting in the way of matrimony: work, relocations, untamed facial hair, numerous deaths, one frostbitten toe, and a batch of stale donuts. The stale donuts - which Violet is using to test the patience of emotional cripples in her social psychology course - will prove to be the deal-breaker.

Though Tom has dreams of opening up his own restaurant in San Francisco, he agrees to follow Violet to the University of Michigan where she's been offered a two-year stint alongside charming Welsh Professor Winton Childs (Rhys Ifans, who we should be thankful is back in our lives after what seemed like a very long absence). For a while there, I was worried Segel would paint Tom as too much of a martyr, and have Blunt's Violet shoulder the blame for their dissolution. But, after spending the first two acts withdrawing into a state of depression and near-madness, he remarks that he's not proud of the man he's become. It's a nice moment. The Five-Year Engagement reveals itself to be remarkably even-handed, particularly during the more serious sequences. The lead performers help sell the transition from comedy to drama and back again. Segel is reliably sympathetic and frustrating all at once, while the down-to-Earth Blunt proves again here she would have electrifying chemistry with a hatstand, should she ever be cast opposite one.

Stoller and Segel populate the picture with some of the best comic ringers in the business: Parks and Recreation's Chris Pratt and Community's Alison Brie are gifted (or, rather, gift the movie) with the best scenes, as Tom's boneheaded buddy and Violet's sister respectively; Mimi Kennedy, David Paymer, Jim Piddock, and, in a wonderfully bizarre casting twist, Australia's own Jacki Weaver star as their parents, waiting impatiently for the duo to tie the knot; even further on the fringes are their respective colleagues, played by Brian Posehn, Mindy Kaling, Dakota Johnson, Chris Parnell, and Kevin Hart. There are plenty of others worth mentioning, but, as you can see, I've already spent an entire paragraph on a roll call. If only Stoller had been able to edit his feature similarly. It's always a shame to leave funny people on the cutting room floor; however, when the sheer volume of them starts to affect the pacing, and ultimately ones enjoyment, they become a necessary sacrifice. The Five-Year Engagement is 124 minutes long, and we spend at least 100 of those minutes saying "Hey, it's [so and so]," with diminishing enthusiasm.

The films of Nicholas Stoller - and producer Judd Apatow, for that matter - have a different tenor to most romantic comedies; amiable and ambling, occasionally stopping off at a comedic set piece before gliding to its finale. Even Stoller's last effort, Get Him to the Greek, didn't let the ticking clock propelling much of the action stand in the way of a digression-filled third act. On first viewing, they can seem underwhelming, but revisits are usually rewarding (often because we've sat through a number of lacklustre "comedies" in the meantime). I laughed a lot during The Five-Year Engagement and fully expect to do the same when I inevitably see it again. Sometimes we just need to take a little break from one another to appreciate what it is we really have.

3.5/5

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Member Reviews (73)

Boris & Shan
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Oh my god what a waste of time. Forget this movie and move onto the next one in your que! Not one thing noteworthy to mention.
Posted Wednesday, 1 January 2014 See my other reviews
I didn't expect this to be a great movie, but thought it would be a watchable rom-com. It was terrible !! Too long & drawn out , the plot lost it's way and became really stupid & irritating... acting terrible.
Posted Sunday, 21 July 2013 See my other reviews
I liked it. Funny in parts. Very contemporary. Good storyline but drawn out a bit long.
Posted Sunday, 23 June 2013 See my other reviews
Lynnieb
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Not as good as I hoped. Found it irritating waiting for it to end. Love the main stars but the script was quite puerile. And I normally love puerile :)
Posted Monday, 27 May 2013 See my other reviews
Really enjoyed this, not your typical love/engagement style movie.
Posted Tuesday, 7 May 2013 See my other reviews
Marg F
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ok no big laughs goat bit boring and over the top.
Posted Sunday, 21 April 2013 See my other reviews
Very funny and original
Posted Thursday, 11 April 2013 See my other reviews
Silke
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Crappola. Very disappointing. No stars if that option were possible.
Posted Friday, 22 March 2013 See my other reviews
JK
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Apparently a 'Romantic-Comedy' .... but with little comedy and a fair amount of Drama. The most enjoyable part was when I checked my email.
Posted Wednesday, 13 March 2013 See my other reviews
Jordi
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I thought the whole movie would be a comedy, but it turned out to be kind of romantic and drama movie, with some funny and irreverent moments. Having that in mind, I think it is fair to say that it is a good movie
Posted Sunday, 10 March 2013 See my other reviews
Carla
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Didnt live up to the hype. Slow to get going...slow to end. Not one of Jason Segals best.
Posted Friday, 22 February 2013 See my other reviews
It was ok, a bit slow in the middle
Posted Friday, 22 February 2013 See my other reviews
Ann E.
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A so/so movie filled in two hours but not very exciting, just a light hearted comedy with likeable characters, definately one for the girls.
Posted Wednesday, 20 February 2013 See my other reviews
Not great, another movie where all the good parts are on the previews.
Posted Friday, 15 February 2013 See my other reviews
Denise
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I enjoyed this movie but kinda got bored with the story.
Posted Thursday, 14 February 2013 See my other reviews
Shannon
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I thought this movie would be funny, but instead it dragged on with a stupid storyline that went nowhere.
Posted Sunday, 10 February 2013 See my other reviews
caroline
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This was really not a good movie as it dragged on with no real story line. I would not recommed this movie.
Posted Saturday, 9 February 2013 See my other reviews
Lesley
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sadly disappointing , do American writers think F is the only way to communicate. The ending was great! Congratulations to Jackie Weaver. Good on you for taking on Hollywood and having a go.
Posted Thursday, 7 February 2013 See my other reviews
Wifey83
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typical udd Apatow... light airy comedy. Kept me interested, worht a watch on a girly night :)
Posted Monday, 4 February 2013 See my other reviews
Heather
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Entertaining, likeable characters and a bit different to the usual romcom storylines
Posted Sunday, 3 February 2013 See my other reviews
Great Friday Night Film to watch. Funny and entertaining.
Posted Saturday, 2 February 2013 See my other reviews
chali
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a lot of hype over how funny this movie was - but didn't deliver. forgetting sarah marshall was heaps funnier, and I love Emily Blunt, but just couldn't see her as this character.
Posted Saturday, 2 February 2013 See my other reviews
This movie just does not go anywhere. I left the room half way through the movie. Boring!
Posted Thursday, 24 January 2013 See my other reviews
amk
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That was so bad.
Posted Monday, 21 January 2013 See my other reviews
Purplesue
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Better then I thought it would be, going by the other reviews.. Jason Segal is always good value & I just love Emily Blunt. Quite funny in parts, altho storyline has been done a few times now.
Posted Saturday, 19 January 2013 See my other reviews
This was just a slow movie. It did have a few funny moments but not enough it failed to get going. Jacqui Weaver was great... give it a miss
Posted Wednesday, 16 January 2013 See my other reviews
I thought it was a bit drawn out
Posted Tuesday, 15 January 2013 See my other reviews
ed
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WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH....I cant believe the usually wonderful Emily Blunt consented to be in such a plonker.....and Jacqui Weaver must be going for any role that comes her way in a late attempt to break into the US market....dont bother with this bomb
Posted Saturday, 12 January 2013 See my other reviews
Janine
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What a terrible movie - there was one fleeting part that I found entertaining (running over the car) and the rest was dull and boring. I stuck it out to the end (fast forwarding through some boring sex) just to see Jacki Weaver, but her two minutes was over fairly quickly. I will say that the last scenes were okay but really, this is not a comedy, it's not believable, it's not even an interesting story, it's just dull, dull, dull.
Posted Thursday, 10 January 2013 See my other reviews
megz
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It was an ok movie, was a bit boring in some parts.
Posted Monday, 7 January 2013 See my other reviews
d
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Very funny moments. Credits to Jason Segel & Emily Blunt for their comedic performances.
Posted Thursday, 20 December 2012 See my other reviews
paul o
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I wouldn't be too upset If one missed this movie. Can't help admire Jason Segal for his acting,co producing and co writing.
Posted Sunday, 16 December 2012 See my other reviews
Jojo
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Cute, lacked any real substance but was an enjoyable view none the less.
Posted Saturday, 8 December 2012 See my other reviews
Jess
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Not as funny as expected, and kind of dragged on. Did believe the love story though
Posted Wednesday, 5 December 2012 See my other reviews
Sarah M
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It was quite cute and had a few funnies, but dragged on a bit.
Posted Monday, 26 November 2012 See my other reviews
Flik
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Well it was ok. Nothing special. Had it's funny moments. Kinda dragged in places but the ending was well worth the wait.
Posted Sunday, 25 November 2012 See my other reviews
Bad Romatic Comedy... Was just stupid and long
Posted Friday, 23 November 2012 See my other reviews
Leonie
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Unable to watch as it would only go as far as the preview and then stop. Tried it three times.
Posted Thursday, 22 November 2012 See my other reviews
Rob
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Lame. First I, then my wife lost interest and started doing other things. Such a predicable and pedestrian (that's a big word that means so slow it's almost glacial). Why do the Yanks keep financing these airhead, Hollywood formula scripts. The characters are so shallow and vacuous, you wouldn't care if they marry or not, much want them to breed. Rent this if you haven't had enough dumbing down with reality shows, talent shows, cooking competition shows and have no imagination. I wanted to give this NO STARS, but it's mandatory to select a Star Rating if you want to post a comment. So it's 1 star under protest! ;-)
Posted Monday, 19 November 2012 See my other reviews
Cindy
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Rather disappointing considering the natural talent and considerable charm of both the leads.
Posted Sunday, 18 November 2012 See my other reviews
Cammo
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Couldn't decide if this was meant to be a comendy, or a drama. It missed the mark on both accounts. Not funny at all, I think I may have smiled once. Very long and boring. The peripheral characters (lesbian chef, Jewish guy, Asian student etc) were not funny at all and added nothing to the storyline. Segel may be able to act, but he sure can't write. Feel sorry for the female lead to have her name associated with such drivel!
Posted Tuesday, 13 November 2012 See my other reviews
Dave
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Really enjoyed this movie! There were funny bits throughout that kept us laughing and characters that were well developed enough to care enough about what happens to them. Good acting and with a great supportive cast, this movie exceeded our expectations in every way.
Posted Tuesday, 13 November 2012 See my other reviews
Kyliep
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Just alright for me. Not as funny as you would expect from Jason Segel. The last half hour seems rushed with the relationships glossed over to arrive at the predictable ending. But still worth a look if you are looking for something light to watch.
Posted Monday, 12 November 2012 See my other reviews
A bit average. Not as funny as we expected.
Posted Monday, 12 November 2012 See my other reviews
Darren
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Too long, not many funny bits. Disappointing!
Posted Sunday, 11 November 2012 See my other reviews
Really dissapointed with this one. Thought it was going to be funny and fast paced but instead it dragged and dragged and i barely raised a laugh.
Posted Tuesday, 6 November 2012 See my other reviews
macmillan
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I have now seen this twice. some very funny moments and nice to see a movie that deals with love after the proposal.
Posted Tuesday, 6 November 2012 See my other reviews
Ash
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Fairly boring movie that drags on, poor acting and story line.
Posted Thursday, 1 November 2012 See my other reviews
Loved it! Had some good laughs. Light hearted
Posted Wednesday, 31 October 2012 See my other reviews
Lisa
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This movie has a great begining and ending but loses the plot somewhere in the middle. Good cast in it so thats why i kept watching.
Posted Sunday, 28 October 2012 See my other reviews
Phil
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Yes it feels like sometimes there is a lack of substance or improvised but I had a few laughs which will make me remember this movie as a good one. Overall I liked it.
Posted Saturday, 27 October 2012 See my other reviews
N/A
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My goodness a movie with that loser from how I met your mother how sad.
Posted Friday, 26 October 2012 See my other reviews
Malika
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I was expecting ALOT more from this movie. Emily Blunt & Jason Segel were brilliant together. A few shining moments had me giggling & I loved the ending, but all in all this movie was just a bit blah.
Posted Thursday, 25 October 2012 See my other reviews
Johnson
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It isn't particularly clever or funny, but it tells a story (slowly) and the ending's kinda cute. And I still think I'm in love with Emily Blunt...
Posted Sunday, 21 October 2012 See my other reviews
Amelia of the North Shore
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This film goes on and on and on like the Simpson Desert. Dreary, bland and plain ordinary. Emily Blunt is the only redeeming feature - single-handedly she keeps the film from vanishing beneath the waves of ineptitude. She is super. The rest is just regurgitated, chick-flick rubbish.
Posted Saturday, 20 October 2012 See my other reviews
Kim
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Seemed to drag a bit, had a few belly laughs, so not a complete waste of time.
Posted Saturday, 20 October 2012 See my other reviews
Robbie
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Well, whadda you expect, it's a Jason Segal movie. Which essentially means there's a lovable, goofy guy in it, and a bunch of juvenile jokes about poo and (the favourite subject of male comic actors, it seems) testicles. It was quite amusing, glass of wine (or three) in hand. Glad I didn't pay ticket price at cinema, and that I had acceas to the fast forward button in some scenes. Emily Blunt, who normally doesn't appeal to me much, was actually quite cute and endearing in this, which was well done as her character could have been worked as a bit of a selfish cow, but she never let her portrayal stray into really negative territory.
Posted Saturday, 20 October 2012 See my other reviews
I just found it kinda boring and not funny at all.
Posted Thursday, 18 October 2012 See my other reviews
leusac
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One of the most stupid movies I've seen in a long time. I pushed myself to keep watching as I thought it could get better, well it didn't and I gave up. I just couldn't put up with so much rubbish to finally find out how the crappy storyline ended. Emily Blunt is brilliant but it wasn't enough to engage me. I hate dark humor and this movie was full of it. I refuse to be intertained by watching people going through a hard time. Very poor storyline for me.
Posted Thursday, 18 October 2012 See my other reviews
Kath
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Jason Segel shouldn't be allowed to have input into a script. He's just not funny. Emily Blunt is (as usual) brilliant.
Posted Saturday, 13 October 2012 See my other reviews
Margit
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Funny in parts, not bad.
Posted Monday, 8 October 2012 See my other reviews
Ange
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Definitely a chick flick, some funny parts but mostly from it's supporting cast. Would still recommend
Posted Monday, 8 October 2012 See my other reviews
Kazza
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Cheeky, slightly funny not as good as I expected it to be but still worth a watch
Posted Monday, 8 October 2012 See my other reviews
David Williams
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I was expecting a lot more than what I got from this very average movie,not one laugh Was to be had.
Posted Saturday, 6 October 2012 See my other reviews
Shane
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A little too long but a nice movie. Some laughs. Not bad
Posted Friday, 5 October 2012 See my other reviews
bluecooperfan
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Um, maybe I was expecting more from this than I got.... I didn't think it was that great to be honest.... not bad, but I won't watch it again.... average, disappointing knowing Segel also directed and wrote this!
Posted Friday, 5 October 2012 See my other reviews
Larry
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Best Chick Flick Comedy that i have seen for a longgggg time, a little bit black, a little bit tongue-in-cheek, very funny.
Posted Friday, 5 October 2012 See my other reviews
Great
Posted Thursday, 4 October 2012 See my other reviews
gerd
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An endearing story that makes one care about the romantic couple and their relationship. Some of the early scenes go on for too long and become tedious. But Emily Blunt is fabulous and really inhabits the character as in all her roles. On the other hand, Jason Segel seems to play the same character in every movie he's in; maybe he's just playing himself.
Posted Wednesday, 3 October 2012 See my other reviews
poshreany
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silly movie jokes where very poor...
Posted Wednesday, 3 October 2012 See my other reviews
Lisa
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Not really that funny and in my opinion not what you would expect of a comedy but still a good movie.
Posted Monday, 1 October 2012 See my other reviews
bad
Posted Monday, 1 October 2012 See my other reviews
Ron
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No shortage of the F word, a few cringes, but plenty of laughs.
Posted Friday, 28 September 2012 See my other reviews