Friday, April 27, 2012

entertainme: review "the five year engagement"

If you're debating seeing "The Five-Year Engagement" in theatres this weekend. The answer is yes, yes, of course you should.

And here's why:

The film stars Jason Segel ("The Muppets,""Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "Knocked Up") who also co-wrote the screenplay.

The film also stars the lovely and funny, Emily Blunt ("The Muppets," "The Adjustment Bureau," "The Devil Wears Prada").

Just these two facts should be enough to convince you that seeing "The Five-Year Engagement" will be one the best decisions you will make all weekend.

Since you've already decided to see this movie this weekend, here's a little more information just so you know you really made the right decision.

Jason and Emily star as Tom and Violet, a couple in love who get engaged and through the mishaps of life postpone their wedding several times until it's been, well, five years. "The Five-Year Engagement" also features Chris Pratt ("Parks and Recreation") as Alex, Tom's best friend and Alison Brie ("Community") as Suzie, Violet's sister. The casting director was clearly inspired as the rest of the supporting cast are just as strong as the main characters. (If you find yourself scratching your head wondering where you might have seen the actor who plays Winton, Violet's professor/colleague, that's Rhys Ifans sporting a 180 degree look from his character as Spike, the roommate in "Notting Hill.")

As usual, Jason Segel knows exactly how to reel in an audience with his clever but real characters whose flaws and personality traits mimic our own or those or someone we know. Through the ups and downs of Tom and Violet's relationship you start remembering things that happened in your own relationship and the dumbass things that you actually fight about with your partner.  As the bride, Emily is scrumptiously wonderful, even when's she's being not so charming. The scenes are touching, sweet, honest, sad and most of all entertaining.

Bonus: Judd Apatow ("Bridesmaids," "Get Him to the Greek," "Superbad") is a producer with directing by Nicholas Stoller ("Get Him to the Greek" and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."

Bonus 2: For a fun read, check out Tom and Violet's Wedding Blog. It is AWESOMENESS.

Who should see this movie: If you are engaged, first date, 17th date, parent's night out, Jason Segel / Emily Blunt fans.

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