The Five Year Engagement – Movie Review

17th September 2012

I watched The Five Year Engagement a few days ago and this is what I thought of it.

First, some official plot summary, thanks to iTunes: “From the producer of Bridesmaids and the director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall comes an irreverent comedy about an engaged couple who keep getting tripped up on their long walk down the aisle. Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) seem destined to live happily ever after, but as one hysterical delay follows another, everyone starts to wonder: can they survive the engagement? Co-starring Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Rhys Ifans, Kevin Hart and Mindy Kaling, The Five-Year Engagement Unrated is filled with more fun, more laughs and more outrageous footage not seen in theaters.”

This is one of those movies that I watched the first time and thought it was just MEH. But like Knocked Up and the rest of those Judd Apatow flicks, I appreciate them more after a few viewings. (Yes, I watched it three times – don’t judge). 

Reasons Not To Watch – I like to get the bad stuff out of the way first

  • WAY Too Long: It could have ended at least twice before it actually did, and it would have been fine. The middle of the film could use a good edit.
  • Rhys Ifans’ character – Winton: I wanted to punch him every time he was on the screen. Totally unlikeable, pompous ass.
  • Painful to watch scenes: There is one scene in particular involving Jason Segel’s character and a co-worker that is SO BAD, that it is painful to watch. Pure awful.

Reasons To Watch

  • Jason Segel and Emily Blunt are really cute together and have great chemistry throughout.
  • The “sweater tuxedo” will make you laugh out loud.
  • Violet (Emily) and her sister, Suzie (Allison Brie) have an amusing convo involving Elmo and Cookie Monster and it’s very cute.
  • I thought Allison Brie (from Mad Men fame) and Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreation) stole the movie, killing every scene they were in – hysterical every time.

Favorite Line of the Movie: “C is for condom. That’s good enough for me.”

Watch it or Not? WATCH IT but keep in mind that it’s about a 7 out of 10 because it could have been so much funnier. And shorter.

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3 thoughts on “The Five Year Engagement – Movie Review

  1. Laura M.

    We recently watched this movie also. I gave it about 8/10, but that’s because I went in to watching it thinking it wasn’t going to be too good. 🙂 My expectations were very low. I love Jason Segel, and him and Emily do have great chemistry. I thought that the end was the best part, the middle couldv’e been shortened, and yes, I hate her ex and wanted to punch him each time he came on screen

  2. Sharon

    I too had high hopes for this movie…who doesn’t like Jason Segel. The beginning was good, the middle dragged on forever but I loved the ending!


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