The Five Year Engagement 2012 – Jason Segal, Emily Blunt & Alison Brie (Dir – Nicholas Stoller) (screenplay Jason Segal, Nicholas Stoller)

This was a very sweet movie with a ton of heart.  In the end, overall I did enjoy this movie.

So.. plot.

Jason Segal proposes to girlfriend Emily Blunt on their year anniversary.  Wedding planning begins but is held up by a number of inconveniences, the largest being a post-doc position for Emily in another state.  Jason, being the good guy boyfriend agrees to give up his job as head su chef at a high-end San Fran restaurant.  Becoming increasingly unhappy in his role and his life, Jason and Emily’s looming nuptials seem to be forever in suspended animation.  Hilarity and vulgarity ensues.

The Low down :

The first act show a wonderful hyper-reality story book romance that one comes to expect from rom-coms and it does it so well.  The comic timing of the script is enhanced not only by their talent but by Segal and Blunt’s chemistry together.  You not only want the relationship to continue and blossom but you want to have their relationship.  You want to have that yearning for one another, they really make it work on-screen.  You nod your head at the issue that are brought up, you agree with both of them as well as disagree; like life.  You laugh with the two of them throughout the (again hyper-realistic) engagement party; btw Alison Brie (from Community and Mad Men) is wonderful and hysterical as Blunt on-screen sister (not surprised).  Her speech at the party and her argument with Blunt in Elmo vs. Cookie monster speak is a laugh riot.  Here and there are some raunchy jokes and some antics that could have been left on the cutting room floor but the audiences today, many of them at least want that; so I think the level that Segal and Stoller brings it too is acceptable in comparison to other recent comedies.

The second act ramps up the antics, and the raunch much of it not needed (imo).  The hyper-reality of how things go wrong and to what extent also begins to verge on ridiculousness.  Hyper-reality can be accepted and is generally needed to push many of the jokes and gags along as to be acceptable in the Apatow Collection.  Would I have enjoyed it more w/o some of the jokes and the extent to which Segal becomes disillusioned; yes however it still worked in the long run.

The third act blended all that I liked and disliked from the first two acts very well, a little ridiculousness, a little vulgarity and tons of heart.  It even made me weep a little (then again, not hard; I’m a sap).

I’ll repeat, Overall I really enjoyed this movie, it was sweet, heart-felt and I left happy.

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