The Five-year Engagement

The Five-year Engagement

DVD - 2012
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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 19, 2018

This romantic/comedy is one of the more serious ones, starring Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Chris Pratt, and Alison Brie. Tom Solomon proposed to his girlfriend on their one year anniversary, and even though many things go wrong, she still says yes. After trying to set a wedding date every year to no avail, they start to worry that it is a sign that they are not meant to be. This movie was definitely sadder than I was expecting it to be, with many true concerns regarding relationships showing up in the film. I did feel like some of the story-line was sloppy with dumb reasons for putting the wedding off, but compared to other movies in the same genre this is one of the better ones. I would rate this movie 4/5 stars.
- @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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reginator_22
Jan 24, 2018

Ok romcom. I was entertained.

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calliope
Jun 11, 2016

I took this one out as Emily Blunt is in it. it is cute, and doesn't have a hidden dark side that so many comedies have. it's not didactic, but is full of helpful tips about how to have a relationship, ie how to communicate issues, when to over look quirks and flaws but not put up with sh&@t.

Quimeras Apr 21, 2015

An ok rom-com. Nothing new or special.

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Persnickety77
Dec 22, 2014

This was a lot cuter than I was expecting, and it had some laugh out loud moments

JMGP Sep 18, 2014

I picked up this movie because I really like Emily Blunt; but, unfortunately, it was torturous to watch. It is very, very crude for the sake of comedy. Not my taste. I'm tired of watching characters fall into bed with partner after partner. There is no true love there. Why did I compel myself to watch the whole two hours. Perhaps, I hoped it would redeem itself somehow.

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ashleysears
Apr 11, 2014

If you are meant to be with someone, you will end up with them, even if there is a mess in the middle of your lives.

epotter8811 Mar 21, 2014

I see this film as a companion to Bridesmaids in terms of looking at young-ish adult life and relationships with humor and sadness. The difference is that Bridesmaids is uproariously funny more often than not. The Five Year Engagement is far from being "uproarious" or anything like it. I chuckled at parts but much of it is bittersweet with more emphasis on the bitter part. Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, the same team behind the superior "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" don't quite find the same kind of magic here. Emily Blunt is always a breath of fresh air, and Alison Brie is immensely likable (especially in a scene where the two are forced to have an argument in Muppet voices). I like what Segel is going for, but he just doesn't quite achieve it here.

crankylibrarian Feb 21, 2014

Although pitched as a comedy, this poses touchy questions about the sacrifices involved in an equal relationship.Emily Blunt plays a psychology grad student who's been admitted to a prestigious program at U. of M, but her adored fiance (Jason Segal) has just been offered his dream job as a chef in Chicago. Whose career will come first, and how much will each sacrifice for the other? There's some painful physical comedy at Segal's expense, and a delightful "opposites attract" relationship between Blunt's cool sister and Segal's boorish best friend, but fundamentally, this is a bittersweet examination of whether love truly does conquer all.

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jds1
Feb 15, 2014

Very good movie. Funny and touching at the same time. Anyone who has had ups and downs in a relationship can relate to this movie. Light hearted, a good watch.

lcrayton2477 Jan 20, 2014

What I saw was ok, not many laughs but the dvd was so stratched scenes 9-20 played in silent slow motion so i just read about the movie on Wikimedia.

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21221015512970
Nov 25, 2013

Loved it. It may be a girlie movie but it has some taste.

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gerrygibeault
Nov 24, 2013

Crude and stupid behavior. Might appeal to a 13 year old, otherwise a waste of time.

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RoyalJellyIII
Nov 20, 2013

Not a very good movie- in fact it wasn't funny and was often boring.

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SmartAssAWhip
Nov 20, 2013

Umm, I do not recall ever laughing. Only decent scene was when two of the female supporting actors impersonated Cookie Monster and Elmo.

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EGL97
Sep 02, 2013

The Five Year Engagement starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt is a good movie, it's a typical romance/comedy. It's not a masterpiece or an I absolutely have to see this type movie but it's entertaining and there's many comedy parts which really are hilarious. The writings good, the acting's well done, so if your into these types of movies, I would watch it. Tom Solomon (Jason Segel), a sous chef at a fancy restaurant, and Violet Barnes (Emily Blunt), a psychology PhD graduate, are a happy couple in San Francisco who get engaged a year after they began dating. The story follows this couple go through their ups and downs and all the unexpected events that keep tripping them up as they look to walk down the aisle together. The title fits well as it's exactly what it states the five years of engagement the couple went through. The characters, both primary and secondary, were very likable and were also well developed and the two main characters had a nice on screen chemistry. Although the story had it ridiculous parts as to add to the humour, the story and drama that unfolded was pretty realistic and believable. Being a two hour movie, it did seem to drag on a little bit at some points and several scenes could have been edited down, I think the movie only needed 1 hour and a half. Overall this movie was enjoyable and fun and I would recommend it for teenagers and adults who want a good laugh and a light, happy ending.

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modestgoddess
Aug 12, 2013

We wanted to like this movie, because we liked Bridesmaids so much and this is from the makers of, or some such. This movie is NOT VERY GOOD! That being said, the scene in which the sisters talk in the voices of Elmo and Cookie is fantastic - but only, I suspect, if you've seen the rest. That scene alone made it worth the other dross and I went and found it on YouTube and bookmarked it - very clever and funny. Probably not worth looking up without knowing the rest of the movie, but also the only reason for watching the rest of the movie. Very lame.

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kanatasai
Jun 28, 2013

Surprise to see the negative comments below. I find it is a good movie. It is funny at the beginning but it is more a drama movie throughout the rest.

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ostwald
Jun 25, 2013

I saw the movie and I had liked it
I had laughed through the movie
this is not for children to watch

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nipper
Apr 28, 2013

very very funny....i laughed out loud many times, too numerous to mention....maybe the mood i was in, not sure, but it was hilarious

IClare Apr 06, 2013

I think the best scenes in the film were at the end, when Violet and Suzie were talking in the Cookie Monster and Elmo voices and when Violet and Tom actually get married, which was sweet. The rest of the movie was at times boring, at others so so/blah. The jokes and scenes that I guess were supposed to be funny, I didn't find funny at all. I'm disappointed.

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moiet
Mar 25, 2013

The first half of this movie was really funny (we three laughed out loud repeatedly). But the second half was boring and drawn waaaay out. What was the editor thinking? My advice: Watch the first half. Then when it starts getting a bit dull and draggy, fast forward to the end and watch the last 5 minutes to find out the predictable ending.

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gentle_ion
Mar 19, 2013

They're not even TRYING anymore...

stembridge Jan 28, 2013

I'm quite surprised by the several negative comments here, and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. If you're a teen looking for non-stop raunch, then this movie is going to disappoint, no doubt. If however, you've lived enough life to have experienced a multitude of setbacks as you go about planning out your life, you can definitely appreciate the bittersweet moments in this film. It is rated R and there are a few graphic scenes, but they're not gratuitious. I think many people watch these movies expecting copious amounts of explicit sex and swearing, and just endure the rest of the plot. If you're prepared to watch a rom-com that's more realistic, you'll find this to be a delight.

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smurray13
Jan 19, 2013

An entertaining movie from start to finish. I would definitely recommend watching this.


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