Tom Solomon [Jason Segal] and Violet Barnes [Emily Blunt] met one year ago, and now they are in love, living in San Francisco. They are so in love that they Tom proposes, Violet accepts, and the wedding is nearly planned and ready to go. Before the big day, Violet receives a letter informing her that she has gotten a big job opportunity at a school in Michigan. They decide to put off the wedding for a couple months so they can move and get adapted, but other external and internal forces keep emerging to halt their walk down the aisle.
Along with the success of Segal as an actor has come a refreshing wave or comedies from the likes of Judd Apatow and others. Most all of it has been new and really funny, but I always thought it was a little cheap and raunchy, and I hoped that someone would soften it up a little, give the films a little more feeling and family friendly vibe. One such family film that found good success recently was The Muppets, which was the first collaboration from the writes of The Five Year Engagement Segal and writer/director Nicholas Stoller. I really enjoyed the film, and was immediately turned on to seeing this film. Segal has quite the little collection of films that he has written/co-written: Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Muppets, and now The Five Year Engagement. The man is clearly a talent, both in front of and behind the camera. But I digress.
The Five Year Engagement is a really funny down-to-earth film that doesn’t surprise you with anything or blow you away. It’s just a simple movie with a sound story, great characters, and a lot of laughs.
Segal has proven before that he can nail this role, and Blunt just wreaks of ‘cute’ and ‘homely’. The minor characters, too, are hilarious and provide many breaks from the down parts of the story. Chris Pratt plays Alex, Tom’s best friend and co-worker, who is a little dumb and a lot of funny. He ends up with Violet’s sister Suzie, played by Allison Brie, who is sporting a newly created English accent that also makes for a ridiculous Elmo voice. She too fits the ‘cute’ role of her fictional sister.
The soundtrack has some great selections, and the characters, comedy, and chemistry are enough to give this film a lot of re-watch ability.
3.5/4 – The Five Year Engagement is a really funny down-to-earth film that doesn’t surprise you with anything or blow you away. It’s just a simple movie with a sound story, great characters, and a lot of laughs.