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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.
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.
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.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull 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 TodayFull 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 WeeklyFull 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.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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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.
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
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.