The Five-Year Engagement is the latest to come through that feel-good/crass comedy camp that includes citizens Jason Segel (co-writer/producer/actor), Nicholas Stoller (co-writer/director), and Judd Apatow (producer, 21st century comedy Godfather). The movie is EXACTLY what it sounds like: a five year engagement.
Segel plays Tom to Emily Blunt‘s Violet. They get engaged and all is well until they have to uproot from San Francisco to Michigan so that Violet can pursue her psychology career — but Tom must leave is flourishing job as a chef. As expected, the two go through a bunch of ups and downs with their relationship but like real life, a whole bunch of funny happens whilst their engagement deteriorates.
In terms of rom-coms of this ilk, I appreciate it. The movie delivers some good moments that deserve a hearty LOL. It would make a good date movie or even a movie that illustrates the dangers of having an engagement that lasts more than a year — or being engaged in general. Other than that, here are some other reasons you should watch this flick:
1.) Jason Segel and Emily Blunt: They have a fantastic comedic chemistry and surprisingly, their cute chemistry did not make me want to vomit.
2.) Alison Brie and her British accent: Yes, she has a British accent in the film — and it suits her well. Also, I have this undying crush on Alison Brie. I just want to spend a day with her frolicking at a farmer’s market.
3.) Chris Pratt: I can’t stand how much I enjoy Chris Pratt. My crush on him was cemented when he did a lewd act in this movie involving a carrot and some sort of cream sauce.
4.) An Sesame Street-worthy argument: At one point in the movie, Emily Blunt and Alison Brie partake in a debate in the voices of Cookie Monster and Elmo. If presidential debates were done in this manner, I would watch them more often.
5.) Brian Posehn: The comedian plays Tom’s co-worker/buddy at the sandwich shop he works at. There is a scene where he revolutionizes the dry heave. It’s pretty amazing.
6.) Lauren Weedman: The comedic actress is only in a couple of scenes as Tom’s super-lesbionic boss. In each scene, she KILLS it — she good!
7.) Psychology is fun!: Mindy Kaling, Randall Park, and Kevin Hart play Violet’s super-funny psychology comrades. I wish I had friends like them. In fact, I wish I had friends.
8.) The city of San Francisco: I love it when the city I live in is the setting for a movie. It gives me the opportunity to criticize scenes and say stuff like, “THAT RESTAURANT DOESN’T EXIST!” and “YOU CAN’T GET TO THAT PART OF THE CITY THAT FAST!” loudly while the movie is playing.
9.) “Gwyrth”: The movie will teach you all you need to know about this impossible to pronounce Welsh word.
The Five-Year Engagement opens in theaters today