"Undermined by Excessive Crudity"
What You Need To Know:
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.
(RoRo, B, C, FR, LLL, V, SS, NNN, AA, M) Strong Romantic worldview with excessive crude language and a lewd drawing in one scene mars a light positive view of marriage, but the couple involved are Catholic and Jewish so they get married by a Justice of the Peace to avoid offending either family; more than 205 obscenities and profanities and lots of verbal sexual humor; light violence involves a brief comedic fistfight between two men over a woman; strong sexual content includes depicted fornication under covers, lewd dialogue, engaged couple lives together for a time, lead couple’s brother and sister have a one night stand and get married when the sister gets pregnant but they are shown to have a happy marriage after that; physical rear male nudity when man wearing robe cooks and robe has a drawing of male frontal nudity; alcohol use and one scene of drunkenness; no smoking or drugs; and, some jokes poking light fun at Jewish and Catholic culture.
THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT is an R-rated romantic comedy with a strong Romantic worldview and a plethora of obscenities and profanities marring a sweet and positive view of marriage as an ideal life. The movie has some funny moments and good performances, but too much of the humor is excessively lewd.
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.