The Five Year Engagement ****

Written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, The Five Year Engagement tells the story of Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt). At the beginning of the movie, the couple get engaged and start planning their wedding. However each time they are about to get married, different events occur that delay it.

The story is well written and entertaining. There is a lot of comedy and viewers will laugh out loud on a few occasions. In particular some the events that occur during the couple’s time in another state are very random and will leave the audience thinking “Wtf?”

The actors perform well. Jason Segel is entertaining as always. Emily Blunt is rather irritating but performs to a high standard throughout the film. In terms of supporting cast members, Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) is convincing as a Welsh professor who seems are more realistic match for Emily Blunt’s character than Segel. There are also some entertaining scenes involving the friends and family of the two main cast members.

At 124 minutes, the film is a little too long and could probably have been concluded in around 90 minutes. Some of the scenes do drag on slightly, which gives viewers the impression they are watching over a long period of time. This may be the intention of the writer/producer as (given the title) the film is obviously set over five years, but some viewers may get bored towards the end.

Reviewed by Lesley Watt

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