epotter8811

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.

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