The Five-Year Engagement

Rated R 124 min. 2012

Hitting the screen from a script written by Jason Segal and longtime partner Nicholas Stoller, Engagement is the story of Tom (Segal) and Violet (Emily Blunt), a young San Francisco couple who get engaged on New Year’s Eve after one year of dating. Tom is a talented chef with the potential to run a restaurant of his own one day — until Violet receives the news that she has been accepted as a researcher at Michigan University. Leaving everything behind, Tom follows Violet into the bitter cold of the North, only to find that there isn’t a huge demand for mega-talented chefs with huge salaries in college towns. While Violet blooms in her new environment, Tom retreats into hunting deer and growing drifter-esque facial hair. With each new hurdle, another delay is tacked onto the troubled wedding. Stoller is an artist who tends to be hit or miss, depending on who is working with him. Under the Apatow umbrella, he has given us the underappreciated jewels Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek. But working with others, we have received such flops as Gulliver’s Travels and Yes Man. Here, the better umbrella has suddenly developed a leak, as we receive our first subpar effort from the duo of Segal and Stoller. It appears that the creators may have been a bit too in love with their words, as the film comes in at an unwieldy 124 minutes. That isn’t to say that Engagement is only one good editor away from being a masterpiece; the problems are much more troublesome than that. By the end, we are all left to wonder why anyone would choose to marry either of them.

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Director: Nicholas Stoller

Writer: Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller

Cast: Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Alison Brie, Rhys Ifans, Chris Pratt, Kevin Hart, Dakota Johnson, Mindy Kaling, Mimi Kennedy and Randall Park


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