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The Five Year Engagement

The Five Year Engagement
Starring:
Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Mimi Kennedy and David Paymer


Rated: R for sexual content, and language throughout.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: April 28, 2012 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.

The engagement doesn't matter in The Five Year Engagement it's about a series of excuses for not committing to marriage with each push back supported by one situation or another.

Emily Blunt has a remarkable presence as a balanced young women who reaches for success in psychology at the University of Michigan while her intended Jason Segel a respected chief in San Francisco gives up his work to be with her.

The decision to go for broke to gain a PHD in psychology is questionable in today's world. It reminds me of a line in The Return of Max Dugan by Matthew Broderick when he asks "Is there money in psychology?" That's a real question for a young couple even with the degree, which profession will support a marriage and future kids better: psychology or a famous chief in the San Francisco area. There are also many schools of higher education in the San Francisco area.

The meandering road to the altar could have easily been shortened and made smoother by an honest discussion early on but then there would not be a script with a cute title.

Alison Brie the sister ends up married and reproducing far earlier than Emily Blunt's character because she has a child with Chris Pratt the guy who gets the great job in California while Segel is floundering making sandwiches in a popular college town restaurant.

We suffer through the family wedding concerns, she is from and England and her parents want the marriage in England and how the Jewish Christian couple will deal with the vows and all that jazz.

Blunt's character mingles with a strange group of folks in her classes analyzing reactions to various situations which the group places people in. It's a strange group and as expected the professor who is in the lead eventually hits on his best student Blunt.

The script is also uncomfortable to listen to during the times when frank and sometimes ugly references to sex are discussed in front of a toddler during dinner.

The indirect waltz feels long after half the film and there is just as much more slowly struggling situations ahead.

Presented as a thinking patient courtship and relationship builder, too much time is taken for the characters to discover marriage is not perfect. It didn't have to take us through the Chicken Dance and dozens of doughnuts to learn that.

The performers deserved better, so do we.

  Frank Chris Jim Nina Sam Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
The Five Year Engagement  C      C+               C   C+ 

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