REVIEW: THE FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT
SYNOPSIS: The director and writer/star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall reteam for the irreverent comedy The Five-Year Engagement. Beginning where most romantic comedies end, the new film from director Nicholas Stoller, producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Rodney Rothman (Get Him to the Greek) looks at what happens when an engaged couple, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle.
REVIEW: The Five year engagement takes a somewhat whimsical, but truthful look at what it means to be in love, each planning for future careers, and reaching the ‘career-fork’ in the road that many couples encounter, at some point in time. Simply put, this flick seems unafraid to take a long hard look at what really happens to relationships when life gets in the way of love.
Unfortunately, Nicholas Stoller and co-screenwriter/star Jason Segel never really achieve the side-splitting laughter of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, with this flick, but will please the duo's fans all the same. Nevertheless, if you enjoyed their previous collaboration, then you would definitely take a liking to this movie.
The scenarios in the movie seemed very realistic and I’m certain that most of the audience will relate to one or many parts of the trials and tribulations Jason Segal and Emily Blunt’s characters face. The supporting cast members were quite hilarious and proved to be pivotal in getting the message across to the audience. The storytelling was quite pragmatic and not too soft-to-the-touch. In other words, no tear-jerking, as would be expected of such a down-to-earth look at love, life and relationships.
Overall, this film was very enjoyable and makes for a great date-night movie. It deserves three and a half stars.
By Movie-Man Stan
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