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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 <>

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)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the tacos that Tom sells is called the 'wolverine' taco. The Wolverine also happens to be the mascot of The University of Michigan, which Violet attends. See more »


During Tom's conversation with his parents at breakfast, Tom picks up his fork and in the next shot he picks it up again. His mom's drink also changes positions and levels throughout the meal. See more »


Tom Solomon: How could you do this to me?
Winton Childs: I haven't done anything to you, Violet did something to you; not me. If a woman wants to kiss me I'm going to fucking kiss her. Underneath all that polite bullshit we're all running on caveman software. If she's got a husband, or a fiancé, or a boyfriend it's on her conscience, not mine.
Tom Solomon: You should run.
Winton Childs: Look Tom, this is ridiculous. Let's just put a stop to this now, please. Come on, I'm sorry. I really am.
Tom Solomon: Winton, if you feel bad at all for what you did then you'll...
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »


Give Me A Kiss (One Sweet Kiss)
Written by Van Morrison
Performed by Van Morrison
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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great, fun, down to earth movie.
19 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

a lot of these reviews are saying this movie is bad or disappointing, but honestly its the first movie in a long time that i could relate to. another aspect i love is the dialogue, it doesn't take itself too seriously and has real life comedy, instead of trying to be a huge blockbuster. many think thats a bad thing, but why would you want to see another Hollywood dramatized cheesy romantic comedy?! its clearly underrated, jason segal and chris pratt fans should love this movie thoroughly. the only thing that i wasn't a huge fan of was the British accents, seems forced at first but the movie is so long that by the end it all comes together and warms your soul. if you've ever had to move away because of some girl, you should see this, very relatable comedy, that's all.

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