The Five-Year Engagement

Rated R 124 minutes 2012

This one feels more like a 50-year engagement. Jason Segel and Emily Blunt star as a couple who get engaged but wind up postponing their wedding for career considerations. While Segel and Blunt have some decent comedic chemistry, this one just drags on and on and on. What’s more, while they work as a comedic team, they don’t really click as a romantic couple, making it all seem a little strange that they are together in the first place. Directed by Nicholas Stoller, who co-wrote the screenplay with frequent writing partner Segel, the two fail to capture the magic that made their prior effort, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, so funny. The humor here is mostly flat, peppered with the occasional laughs, which mostly come from Segel’s character trying to adjust to life in Michigan after living the big life in San Francisco. Segel says he won’t be in the next Muppet movie because he wants to do human movies. As this movie shows, humans can be really boring.

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Director: Nicholas Stoller

Producer: Judd Apatow, Nicholas Stoller, Rodney Rothman, Richard Vane and Jason Segel

Cast: Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Rhys Ifans, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Mimi Kennedy, David Paymer, Jackie Weaver, Jim Piddock, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, Randall Park, Brian Posehn, Chris Parnell, Dakota Johnson and Gina Ragnone


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