Watching “The Five Year Engagement”: A Five Year Engagement

In movies, writing on 09/11/2012 at 16:27

I was excited to watch this movie. Enough time had passed that I didn’t remember all the gags from the trailers. Each scene seemed to produce a brilliant cameo or two (Chris Parnell, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, Brian Posehn–not to mention Chris Pratt and Alison Brie), there were plenty of laugh aloud jokes, and the narrative structure, pacing and set designs are wonderfully unique. However….

5yr Engagement

The unedited cut ran at a painful 131 minutes. From what I’ve gathered the theatrical run is not all that much shorter, which shocked me as there were at least a dozen sequences that had me thinking “No way is this in the actual movie.” Despite spanning 5 years (in what begins to feel like real time), “The 5 Year Engagement” ends up feeling rushed and actually has unresolved plot lines.

What you get is a beautifully shot, charmingly acted film that longs to be the next “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” but simply is not. Emily Blunt is radiant, Jason Segal is Jason Segal, and director Nicholas Stoller is most likely a hoarder to have kept all these unnecessary scenes in tact.

The Five Year Engagement: 6.3/10


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