‘The Five-Year Engagement’ Review: A Lot of Fun, Even if it Lacks Originality

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You have seen The Five-Year Engagement before in countless other romantic comedies, but the amount of fun to be had with the stars’ great chemistry and the supporting cast is enough make the film a fun outing at the movies.

The Five-Year Engagement rightfully relies on its cast to carry it through the plot’s shortcomings. Jason Segel and Emily Blunt light up the screen with their chemistry as the most believable couple on screen so far this year. Even the scenes they do not share with each other showcase both of their talents.

The supporting cast also shows excellent comedic work here. Did you notice that there was one cast member from each of NBC’s Thursday night comedies? Chris Pratt of Parks and Recreation, Alison Brie of Community, Mindy Kaling of The Office, and Chris Parnell a frequent guest star on 30 Rock. But that’s not all, we also get small characters in Rhys Ifans, Jacki Weaver, and Kevin Hart. All of these people do wonderful work and steal the scenes they are in, particularly Pratt and Brie.

The plot, however, is where this rom-com falters. The idea of a couple questioning whether they are willing to commit has been beaten to death. The Five-Year Engagement is all too predictable and far too long. At just over two hours, the second half of the film lacks the laughter of the first half in place of sappy romantic cues taken from just about every other comedy in the last five, make that twenty, years.

But the movie is kept afloat by its laughs, which for most of the film come quick one after another. The cast is truly having a ball on screen together which really comes out in the humor that will leave a grin on your face long after the credits role. The Five-Year Engagement is good fun and worth a peak just before summer movie season kicks off. Grade: B-

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