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The Five-Year Engagement (2012)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  27 April 2012 (USA)
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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.


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In San Francisco, after a year's relationship, Tom proposes to Violet; she accepts. She's an experimental psychologist, hoping for a post-doc at Cal. He's a sous chef who runs the kitchen when the chef is away. When Cal falls through and she gets an offer in Ann Arbor, Tom agrees to support the move, turning down a job as chef at a new restaurant. The move requires postponing the wedding. At Michigan, Violet is in her element, but Tom is underemployed and frustrated; he's Stoic for a while, but when two years in Michigan become four, Tom's frustrations boil over, and on the eve of yet another wedding date, they must make a choice. Is there any other alternative? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A comedy about the journey between popping the question and tying the knot.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 April 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eternamente comprometidos  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,610,060 (USA) (27 April 2012)


$28,644,770 (USA) (15 June 2012)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In order to fine-tune her character Suzie's British accent, Alison Brie listened to recordings of readings provided by her British co-star Emily Blunt. See more »


Violet's outfit changes during the viewing of the donut testing participants. She starts in the same outfit, changes to another, then is suddenly back in the original outfit. See more »


Tom Solomon: Chef, I'm trying to propose to my future wife just right now. Literally right now.
Chef Sally: Wow. Okay. Wow. Congratulations to both of you guys. Live long and prosper. No, that's weird, that's Star Trek.
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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »


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Written by Tomás Méndez (as Tomas Mendez Sosa)
Produced by Michael Andrews (as Mike Andrews)
Performed by Chris Pratt & Alison Brie
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User Reviews

Seriously, don't bother.

I only went to see this film because it was on at a convenient time, but boy do I wish I never bothered. It was...dreadful. It calls itself a comedy? In a reasonable sized screening I didn't hear one person actually laugh, the odd titter - that was it. What resounded was the awkwardness everyone felt watching this 'comedy' just fail in every way. We were all sat there in horror as joke after joke fell flat on its face. Mind you, so unbelievably bad as it was, it was spell-binding in its awkwardness. I think Emily Blunt generally is a great actress, but she does not have comic timing. You'd think Jason Segel couldn't go wrong, but even he couldn't pull off the "jokes" that this film was rammed with. I would literally rather pull my own fingernails off than have to watch this painfully misguided comedy again. Who on earth wrote that script? Give it up before you butcher any more actors' reputations.

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