New review from The Movie Snob.
The Five-Year Engagement (C). I was a little disappointed in this new rom-com produced by Judd Apatow (director of films like The 40-Year Old Virgin). I had seen the trailer for this film a million times, and I was sort of afraid that all the funny parts were in the trailer. Weirdly, a couple of the funny parts were only in the trailer–they weren’t actually in the movie at all! Anyhoo, the premise is that these two really super-nice people, Tom (Jason Segel, The Muppets) and Violet (Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), who live in San Francisco, get engaged, but then they postpone their wedding because Violet lands an academic position in remote Ann Arbor, Michigan. And then they postpone it again because Violet’s two-year contract gets extended, which really takes a toll on their relationship. Tom and Vi are nice, but they’re not funny (and I’d agree with John Podhoretz in The Weekly Standard that Segel and Blunt unfortunately have very little chemistry). And as the movie drags on for its two-hour running time, Tom and Vi’s relationship problems just become a drag. Nevertheless, I did get a few laughs out of the movie, mainly thanks to the antics of the supporting characters. (And no thanks to the worn-out cliche of the inappropriate/profane rehearsal-dinner toast.) It was nice to see cute Alison Brie of TV’s Community as Violet’s sister Suzie, but she wasn’t given enough to do in my opinion. Bottom line: very skippable.