Sunday, April 29, 2012


The Five Year Engagement comes to us from Nicholas Stoller who also directed Get Him To The Greek and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. It feels appropriate that this type of dramedy would come next.

This film had me in spurts of laughter and genuine empathy. I think the story infrastructure is quite well done and alludes to some really interesting points that many relationships may suffer from today's world of two careers within one family unit. Superficially, however, TFYE is quite banal and cliché. The humor feels forced and doesn't quite flow naturally most of the time. I like Jason Segel, but like his previous film, Jeff Who Lives At Home, TFYE has a need to throw in vulgar humor when it would stand better to just elaborate on the drama at hand with more subtle comedy. 

TFYE brings to light some important issues that might very well not be solvable until your already caught up in them but should be thought of with more foresight and competency, if possible, while in the beginning of the short lived (unfortunately) love sick inception. It's not even near the merit of Bridesmaids, but don't let that prevent you from seeing it. There are a number of fun cameos thrown in for good measure and notice how hair style really changes the entire vibe of the character (rightly or wrongly). At one point Emily Blunt looks exactly like Zooey Deschanel. 

Recommended Viewing: Bridesmaids - Muriel's Wedding - Father Of The Bride (1991) (1950)

              Bob Scale: Objective: 6.5   -   Subjective: 6.9
             MetaCritic: 61
 Rotten Tomatoes: 64
                      IMDB: 6.9

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