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THE FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT

 
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At Theaters: 4/27/2012 On Video: 9/4/2012
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 14 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 589986
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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Two people who once dreamed of the perfect day just want to get it over with. But even that seems beyond them, as comical problems torpedo every "save the date." Maybe it's not meant to be. Maybe they're not meant to be. Now, through the humorous trials of discovering who they will become as a couple, Tom and Violet will learn if they have what it takes to survive their five-year engagement.
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Comedy Romantic - Fans of Jason Segel and director Nicholas Stoller's previous romantic comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall may be taken aback with this one, which, while still overall a comedy, is a bit more serious and a lot more slowly paced. Even so, fans of Segel and co-star Emily Blunt will have plenty to savor here as it's basically a two-person show. Some other known stars such as Kevin Hart have much smaller roles. Constant language, some raunchy humor, and some graphic sex make the film inappropriate for kids.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Jason Segel JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME, THE MUPPETS, BAD TEACHER
Emily Blunt SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN, THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU
Rhys Ifans ANONYMOUS, NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS, GREENBERG
Chris Pratt TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT, BRIDE WARS
Director: Nicholas Stoller GET HIM TO THE GREEK
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About The Production
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PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words; 17 S-words; 2 GD's; a number of others.
SEX/NUDITY: Loud sex scenes with graphic movements; unrelated nudity.
VIOLENCE: Comic hits and falls; a bloody cut.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Very frequent alcohol.
ACTION: A foot chase.
COMEDY: Comic banter and wisecracks, sometimes suggestive; animal humor.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average Here, there's still some sweetness, but it has been undercut by a bitter infusion, and the hilarity generates fewer laughs than his best endeavors.

USA Today Full Review
Average It's a funny visual, but the dialogue and situational humor don't measure up. And the film's tendency to repeat middling jokes merely comes off as annoying.

Entertainment Weekly Full Review
Above Average I liked "The Five-Year Engagement," and then I didn't, and then I did - which seems just about right for a movie dedicated to examining how even the purest affections can be fatally derailed.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 50 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
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Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
10
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
6
High
83%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
8
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
9
About 50/50
78%
30+Adults (F)
17
Fairly High
96%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

TEENS:The teens enjoyed this movie. TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The reviews are very mixed. Four males loved it, one rate it very good and one rated it average. Six females loved it, one rated it very good and one rated it fair. ADULTS: Half the men rated the movied good to very high. Four gave it a fair rating. The women enjoyed this movie more. Six loved it, six gave it very good ratings and four gave it an average. One female gave it a fair.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Exactly one year after Tom Solomon (JASON SEGEL) met Violet Barnes (EMILY BLUNT), he is surprising her with a ring. Tom's plan is simple: As they head out to a New Year's Eve party, he fakes a reason to drop by work. The staff patio at the über-trendy Birch, with its view of San Francisco's Bay Bridge, is the perfect place to pop the question. Tom is nervous as hell, but the candles are lit, the champagne is chilled and his best friend, Alex (CHRIS PRATT), is in on the secret.

But they're late for the party, so Violet fights him on the pit stop. Frustrated, he blurts out his agenda, and suddenly…they're engaged!

By all accounts, Tom and Violet are destined for their happily ever after. As a sous chef at Birch, Tom is at the apex of modernist cooking and ripe for a promotion. Academia is Violet's life, and she's this close to a postdoctoral assignment in social psychology at UC Berkeley. There's nothing she can't handle with ease, and she'll spearhead wedding logistics. They'll be married in no time at all.

Scoring the perfect wedding venue is a headache, but much more painful is Violet's rejection by her dream school. When the University of Michigan beckons, she's conflicted. But Tom swallows his pride and tells her to go for it. He can cook in Michigan for two years; they'll just have to postpone the wedding for a bit.

In Ann Arbor, Violet thrives under the tutelage of brilliant faculty advisor Winton (RHYS IFANS) and makes quick friends with her fellow grad students—Doug (KEVIN HART), Vaneetha (MINDY KALING) and Ming (RANDALL PARK).

Left with too much time on his hands, Tom settles into Michigan life and gets a job at Zingerman's Deli, a local institution but a far cry from the fine dining he is used to. He bonds with his co-worker Tarquin (BRIAN POSEHN).

Back in San Francisco, Alex gets the restaurant promotion that should have been Tom's and marries Violet's quirky sister, Suzie (ALISON BRIE). They quickly have two kids while Tom and Violet still don't have a wedding date.

Life seems to be working out so easily for everyone else.

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