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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Movie Thoughts: Five Year Engagement

Posted by Irish in Movie Thoughts5 Comments

Title: Five Year Engagement (official website)
Release Date: 27 April 2012
Rating: R
Runtime: 124 min
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Where Seen: Movie Theater
Production Company: Apatow Productions
Distributed By:  Universal Pictures
Director(s): Nicholas Stoller
Writers: Jason Segel (screenplay), Nicholas Stoller (screenplay)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I was really excited when I was able to attend an advance screening for the movie Five Year Engagement starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt. I love Segel in his role on How I Met Your Mother and I couldn’t wait to see him play someone different than Marshall. My first thought on leaving the theater was that the movie seemed a little long for a comedy but that could have been that there were some moments in it that really dragged. There were some scenes that weren’t funny to me they were just awkward or crude. And then there were some sex scenes that were just long…and just made me cringe with how awkward they were. I don’t see how they added to the movie…but it was just something to deal with.

Throughout the movie I really enjoyed Tom (Segel) and Alex’s (Pratt) bromance and while the comedy between them was sometimes a little too crude for my tastes they had a chemistry and I believed in their friendship. I didn’t always feel the chemistry between Emily (Blount) and Tom but I did laugh often during their scenes. Which is a good thing when you consider that they were rarely not on screen together.

I found Five Year Engagement to be believable and as I mentioned about I laughed throughout much of it which is what I want in a comedy. One of my favorite scenes was between Emily and her sister, Suzie (Alison Brie) while hanging out at Suzie’s house. Suzie’s daughter demands that Emily speaks in an Cookie Monster voice and that Suzie speaks in an Elmo voice. The two siblings then have an argument that while very serious in its content is just hysterical in its execution. That and pretty much every scene with Segel and Chris Parnell who plays a character named Bill. Thinking of both still makes me chuckle a little.

If you’ve seen the trailer for this movie and liked what you saw then you will probably like the movie the humor is pretty consistent and the best comedic lines aren’t given away in it. Though I was sad when the little girl in the trailer said “look I’m Katniss” before she fired the crossbow and then in the film she said Pocahontas. I thought that Katniss was funnier and more relevant to today and the Hunger Games craze and so was disappointed when it was dubbed after the fact for the trailer for whatever reason. If you changed the trailer why not change the scene in the movie too? Or maybe it will be changed during the nationwide release, I don’t know. Overall I enjoyed this movie and it is one that I would probably watch again. It didn’t make my heart ache in that melting way but I laughed. And sometimes all you need is a good laugh to get you through a couple of hours.

5 Responses to “Movie Thoughts: Five Year Engagement”

  1. Sarah

    Totally forgot Chris Pratt was in this too! Oh man, now I really cannot wait to see it! And I think, given that it’s an Aptow production, the sex scenes were probably intentionally awkward, crude and too long. He seems to do that in his movies too often.

  2. Erika

    The humor in the trailer, made me laugh so hard! Coupled with your review, I think I need to see this!

  3. jen

    i want to see it! i love jason segel. (i don’t watch HIMYM, but i love his movies like forgetting sarah marshall and i love you man.)