The Five-Year Engagement

A comedy about the journey between popping the question and tying the knot.

Comedy Romance
124 min     5.8     2012     USA


Exactly one year after Tom meets Violet, he surprises her with a wedding ring. By all accounts, Tom and Violet are destined for their happily ever after. However, this engaged couple just keep getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle.


Kamurai wrote:
Decent watch, probably won't watch again, but can recommend for rom com fans. This is a fine movie, but it is probably one of the most depressing romantic comedies I've ever seen. This is a stacked cast with Emily Blunt and Jason Segal carrying most of the movie, with Chris Pratt and Alison Brie giving a significant support. From the title alone, you can suppose a fair bit of life creating adversity as one person in a relationship often sacrifices for another, but ideally in even terms. Part of the reason this is depressing is that it's a real "slice of life" film. Fortunately there were good comedic actors and writers that worked on this and added a significant amount of humor to this to make it watchable. It does feel like it drags on for quite a while at points, and thinking back on it, the highlight for it was Alison Brie, which is always a bad sign for a movie that a pretty face was one of the more interesting things. There is plenty of life lessons and social commentary built into it, but unless you're a big fan of romantic comedies in general, I'm not sure how much you're going to get out of this.