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“The Five Year Engagement” is a new film from the team who created “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Get Him To The Greek” and stars Jason Segal and Emily Blunt. The film revolves around a couple’s complex, prolonged journey after popping the question.
The biggest misconception about this movie is that it is a romantic comedy, when in fact it is far from it. “The Five Year Engagement” goes out of its way to laugh in the face of those rom-com clichés. Actually, this movie is full of vulgarities, something anyone would expect knowing the past work of Nicholas Stoller, the director .
As funny as this movie is, I might not call it the funniest of the year, because often it delves into appropriately depressing and heartbreaking material. At times the movie is just right out hilarious, making me laugh as hard as anything has this year, but at others it’s hard to muster up the energy to laugh as the relationship takes a hit.
The appropriate genre title would be a dramedy, a combination of drama and comedy, which is understandably hard to balance. However this isn’t a major critique; I’ll gladly recommend this movie to anyone. It’s just occasionally hard to be pulled in such different emotional directions through two hours that it seems much longer than suggested.
Overall, this is a very good movie. I’m a huge fan of Jason Segal and Nicholas Stoller and will continue to see everything they release. As distressing as this movie can be at times, there is no denying that it feels real and you must deal with the pain these characters go through.
I couldn’t doubt Judd Apatow if I tried. I loved Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segal). I’m excited to see this, despite mixed reviews. How could a cast like this let me down?