The key word in that tagline is “journey,” as that is literally what it felt like to watch this flick. Don’t get me wrong – the movie was funny – but a romantic comedy need not surpass 90-100 minutes. The writers and producers evidently struggled with where to end the story and could have benefitted from cutting out some unecessary scenes.
Aside from that, I enjoyed it. It was hilarious. You can’t go wrong with a cast line featuring comedians such as Jason Segel, Kevin Hart, Chris Pratt, Chris Parnell and Mindy Kaling. Not to mention that the producers were involved with Bridesmaids, Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek. You will laugh. A lot. But I will warn you: don’t expect too much from Kevin Hart. As a supplementary character, he doesn’t have a particularly significant role in the film.
The Five Year Engagement is a cautionary tale highlighting a popular issue among newly-engaged couples: prolonging the engagement process. We follow a young couple through the many trials and tribulations of their relationship. We watch them grow together and apart, and we are reminded that relationships don’t need to be perfect to work. At the heart of the film are messages about compromise, selflessness and communication.
Jason Segel and Emily Blunt work well together in the film. They complement each other as partners and make a cute, though unexpected, match. However, as a big How I Met Your Mother fan, I can’t help but feel like Eric Marshall doesn’t belong with anybody but Lily. Segel has fallen into a perpetual typecast as we see him play the same characters over and over again. Not to mention, I feel like we’ve seen him nude a few too many times.
For the most part, the film strays from the cliché, providing fresh jokes and plot lines. It deviates from the typical “rom-com” structure but doesn’t achieve anything groundbreaking. This movie is a good compromise for a date night because you can enjoy it with her without feeling like you’re losing your manhood.
The Five Year Engagement hits theatres on April 27, 2012.