The Five-Year Engagement movie isn't your typical romantic-comedy. There is no courtship and the opening scene is dedicated to the very awkward but sweet engagement proposal from Tom (Jason Segel) to his girlfriend of a year, Violet (Emily Blunt).
But like most rom-coms, the ending is expected. After all, proposals usually end in a marriage. That's not to say their relationship and engagement doesn't run into some speed bumps along the way. These speed bumps extremely slow down the movie, but overall, the story shines.
Movie synopsis (Spoilers ahead!)
Not long after Tom proposes to Violet, Violet gets a post-doc opportunity across the country. Tom quits his job as a chef and moves from San Francisco to Michigan with his beloved. But this move puts a big strain on their relationship, and the wedding date just keeps getting pushed back. And back again. Things only go bad to worse when Violet's boss kisses her. Can their relationship survive?
Of course, because while this movie strives to be a different kind of romantic comedy, it's still a romantic comedy, and that means a happy ending is on its way.
Is The Five-Year Engagement worth seeing in theaters?
The latest Jason Segel and Judd Apatow film is a tad bit more seriousÂ—and realisticÂ—than their past blockbusters, like Forgetting Sarah Marshall. As such, the movie feels long. But that doesn't mean it doesn't have its moments.
Segel and Emily Blunt are pitch perfect together, and not just because they're both goofyÂ—like when Tom cooks in his naked man apron, while he's not wearing any pants or boxers.
Then there's the theme of the stale box of donuts, which starts as a psychology test Violet is working on and ends up as the answer to their relationship.
As for the humor, it's there, but not nearly in as big of doses as past Jason Segel films. But again, there are moments, like Violet and her sister Suzie (Alison Brie) talking like Cookie Monster and Elmo, respectively, that are laugh-out-loud hilarious. Of course, it wouldn't be a rom-com without the inappropriate friend, and that comes in the form of Tom's colleague, Alex (Chris Pratt).
Overall, it's worth seeing, but this one is perfect on DVD.
Did you see The Five-Year Engagement starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt? Did you like it? What were your favorite moments?