5 reasons why you should see The Five-Year Engagement

  1. Cast includes oddballs from Parks and Recreation, The Office, 30 Rock and Community
  2. Jason Segel co-wrote the screenplay; Judd Apatow produced the film
  3. Chris Pratt serenades Alison Brie in Spanish (or what is supposed to be Spanish)
  4. Emily Blunt and Alison Brie have an Elmo vs. Cookie Monster debate
  5. There is a recurrent joke about a baby penis and a frozen toe


Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) meet at a New Year’s Eve party, which they attend dressed as Super Bunny and Lady Di, respectively. It is love at first sight. One year later, the two are engaged, but Violet is subsequently offered a two-year-long position at the University of Michigan. Four years and several deceased grandparents later, the couple still hasn’t married and the slushy Michigan winter is beginning to put a strain on their relationship: Tom takes hunting and beekeeping to a whole new level.

The Five-Year Engagement is a two-hour-long joyride that will have you asking for more. Segel and Blunt have an undeniable chemistry and bounce jokes off each other so easily, it will have you wishing they were a couple in real life, too. The movie has an incredible offbeat cast that is an ensemble collection of all the best comedians from TV’s best sitcoms including Parks and Recreation, The Office, Community and 30 Rock, like Chris Parnell as a stay-home husband who knits, hunts, and “wonders where his dick went.” Co-stars Chris Pratt and Alison Brie, who play Tom’s best friend and Violet’s sister, are a real hoot, and steal the spotlight from Segel and Blunt every time they share screen time. Mindy Kaling, Randall Park, Kevin Hart, and Rhys Ifans come in as Violet’s odd psychology buds at University of Michigan.

Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets) directed and co-wrote the screenplay with Segel. The duo reunites after working on Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Muppets and the screenplay for Get Him to the Greek. The script is full of wit and heart, and despite the two hours, you will likely leave the theatre with your cheekbones hurting. The Five-Year Engagement is part slapstick, part romantic comedy, but it lacks the formulaic clichés that have been numbing audiences for decades. No chases to the airport or kisses in the rain in this one. There is also an interesting gender roles reversal. While in most romantic comedies women are made to leave their career plans behind for the sake of their man’s happiness, here we have a man who is ready to put his goals on hold and take off to Michigan, of all places. The Five-Year Engagement is not cheesy or repetitive, but rather another intelligent comedy that establishes Segel as a class-act writer and comedian. I already want to see it again.

5/5

By Radina Papukchieva

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About Radina Papukchieva

Radina Papukchieva came to live in, be consumed by, and love Montreal in 2003 from Bulgaria, with her mother and little sister. She is still a semester away from graduating from Concordia University, where she is doing a double major in journalism and communication and cultural studies, as well as a minor in film studies. Her interests include film, TV, and popular culture. And Woody Allen. She is a film writer for CultMontreal.com and co-creator of The Cafe Phenomenon. Her list of inspirational people includes Tina Fey, primarily. Among her other interests are music, art, literature, and of course, food. Her film reviews have appeared in The Concordian and The Mirror.

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  1. […] night Rare is the romantic comedy that can please both male and female moviegoers, but on April 27, The Five-Year Engagement did just that. Jason Segel and Emily Blunt star in the Nicholas Stoller film about a couple that keeps putting […]

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