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The Five Year Engagement
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Starring: Jason Segel; Emily Blunt; Chris Pratt; Alison Brie.
Plot: One year after meeting, Tom proposes to his girlfriend, Violet, but unexpected events keep tripping them up as they look to walk down the aisle together.
The latest in the Jason Segel written rom-com saga in 2012 was The Five Year Engagement, and if one thing’s for certain regarding this comedy actor, it’s that he seems to be able to write the intimate moments of a relationship just right.
What The Five Year Engagement did was explore a long term relationship that never quite got around to the big day because of the personal sacrifices each of the two main characters had to make in pursuit of other things. Sacrifices obviously lead to tension despite their best efforts and it quickly becomes obvious that things aren’t what they used to be. One of my favourite scenes from the movie was a simple bedroom argument between Segel and Blunt where Segel’s character Tom tells Blunt’s character Violet that he needs to be alone. Being the understanding fiance she is, she begins to leave, only for him to plead for her to come back so he can ‘be alone with’ her. This simple bit of dialogue between the two characters was intimate enough to be relatable, something Segel seems to get right in his rom-com scripts every single time.
That being said (or written as is the case), The Five Year Engagement is your typical boy meets girl, gets girl, loses girl, gets girl back, and it is overly long (2+ hours). It’s not exactly defining new conventions for the genre with its look either. But, if you’re looking for a bit of romance that delivers the intimacy of a long-term relationship alongside the potential trials of one, then The Five Year Engagement is a pretty solid choice for a lazy evening on the couch.