Starring Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt, and Alison Brie.
What Makes Something Good?
My inability to answer this last question perfectly summarizes my thoughts on The Five-Year Engagement. Billed as a comedy, the movie executes; it is extremely funny. But is it good? I wish I knew.
Another Romantic Comedy
- Couple meets.
- Couple experiences good times.
- Couple hits a rough patch.
- Couple works everything out.
The High Point
Upon affirmation of the proposal, the couple begins planning a wedding, only to find external circumstances push back the plans.
Tom’s best friend, Alex (Chris Pratt), impregnates and then marries Violet’s sister, Suzie (Alison). After canceling plans to accommodate the shotgun wedding, Violet receives word of her acceptance to the psychology program at the University of Michigan.
Admitting the discord a similar long-distance move for professional reasons conjured in her parent’s relationship, Violet worries how such a move will alter her relationship with Tom.
The Low Point
While quitting his job, Tom’s plans begin to sour when he learns he was in line to become executive chef at a new fine dining restaurant. Nevertheless, Tom remains true to his word and ventures north to the land of ice and snow and no fine dining.
As Violet’s job blossoms on the campus of Michigan, Tom’s quality of life plummets as he recedes into a dead-end job. Tom and Violet’s relationship, in turn, begins to exhibit cracks.
The Five-Year Engagement then proceeds to unfold much like every other high-budget romantic comedy.
Does a Comedy Need Anything Beyond Humor?
My favorite comedies mix humor with inventive storytelling. I loved Little Miss Sunshine not only for the humor but also for the inventive plot and complex characters. The Five-Year Engagement, on the other hand, only succeeds at a surface level. For all intents and purposes, the story in The Five-Year Engagement is meaningless.
Even though the movie entertained, I find it hard to give The Five-Year Engagement high grades. If you want to laugh for a couple hours, check it out, but don’t expect any depth.
Verdict: 3 out of 5
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Posted by: Donovan Richards