THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT
Undermined by Excessive Crudity
Release Date: April 27, 2012
Starring: ** Undermined by Excessive
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 124 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures/Comcast
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Executive Producer: Jason Segel
Producer: Judd Apatow, Rodney Rothman,
Writer: Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller
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Actor Jason Segel teams up again with his writing partner on FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, Nicholas Stoller. ENGAGEMENT follows the tale of Tom (Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt). They fall instantly in love in San Francisco and get quickly engaged before she receives a chance at an exclusive graduate-study program in the icy Midwest. Because the program takes years to complete, she’s afraid he won’t let her go. So, because he loves her, Tom decides to try and make their lives work in the new environment, but without the benefit of marriage.
As Violet’s study program keeps getting extended for another year after year, Tom has a hard time adjusting to the awful winters of their new home. They eventually slide apart, break up and begin new affairs. However, as one old relative after another dies off without seeing the two wed, guilt eventually sets in and the couple reunites and gets married (albeit by a justice of the peace rather than in church, to avoid “playing favorites”).
FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT has a relatively simple plot and sometimes drags a bit as a result. Even so, its core performances contain an expert mix of humor and emotion, so the movie is reasonably entertaining and involving. It’s refreshing to see marriage held up as an ideal, and the couple does eventually marry (their brother and sister also get happily married in the movie). However, to get there, viewers have to endure excessive foul language and lewd dialogue, and other immoral behavior in THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT.
FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT has a relatively simple plot and sometimes drags a bit as a result. Even so, its core performances contain an expert mix of humor and emotion, so the movie is reasonably entertaining and involving. The movie does hold up marriage as an ideal. However, to get there, viewers have to endure excessive foul language and lewd dialogue, and other immoral behavior in THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT.