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‘Five-Year Engagement’ caters to a small audience

If you prefer the same old cliche romance stories and perverted humor, then ‘The Five-Year Engagement’ is for you. The beginning and end are fast paced, funny and entertaining. The entire middle of the movie, however, dragged on forever with too much drama to even be considered humorous. There were several good jokes sprinkled throughout the movie, but the ending is predictable.

Lindsey Brown
The Broadside

Emily blunt (left) and Jason Segel (right) in “The Five-Year Engagement”

If you prefer the same old cliche romance stories and perverted humor, then ‘The Five-Year Engagement’ is for you. The beginning and end are fast paced, funny and entertaining. The entire middle of the movie, however, dragged on forever with too much drama to even be considered humorous. There were several good jokes sprinkled throughout the movie, but the ending is predictable.
In the beginning, Tom Solomon, (Jason Segel) meets Violet Barnes (Emily Blunt) at a New Year’s Eve party. They hit it off and their journey together begins in San Francisco. Solomon takes Barnes on a romantic rooftop and, with a few interruptions, manages to get a proposal out. Then Barnes starts planning their wedding, which soon gets postponed.
After a few event mishaps and a new job, the couple ends up in Michigan. Solomon gives up the job of a lifetime in order to stay with Barnes, and let her live her dream. It was Solomon’s turn to plan the wedding this time. After many more disastrous events, the couple breaks up and gets back together again. In the end, they are both happy and finally get hitched in a fun and original way.
Written and directed by Nicholas Stoller and produced by Stoller and Rodney Rothman, both known for “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”—another crude comedy starring Jason Segel—and produced by Judd Apatow, known for “Bridesmaids,” “The Five-Year Engagement” is like any other romantic comedy, but with a few crude jokes thrown in.
This movie should only be recommended to adults who greatly enjoy both romantic comedies and sketchy humor. Although this movie does have a generous amount of vulgar language, there are a few intimate scenes as well.

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