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The Five-Year Engagement (2012)

 -  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>

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

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Comedy | Romance

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

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27 April 2012 (USA)  »

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Eternamente comprometidos  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

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 »

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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 »

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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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A funny 90-minute movie that was 2 hours long
8 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While the movie started strong and quickly reached the first set of wedding delays, once the characters moved to Michigan, things bogged down quickly. Without spoiling the movie, the antics in the Wolverine State were more like bad SNL skits than part of this movie.

The characters, both primary and secondary, were very likable and were also very well developed. Some of the fringe characters (I talking to you, Dakota!) tended to be overly done and one-note. They could have been scaled back to fit their place in the movie thus adding to rather than subtracting from the story. (Math in a movie review? Who would have guessed?) Tom's job hunt problems seemed to be oriented toward setting up jokes than based in reality. A man with his background would have landed a position in Ann Arbor in a New York minute. However, Violet's drama was much better written and more believable.

Once back in San Francisco, everything picked up again and you began rooting for the home team to finally make it to the goal line.

So go enjoy the beginning and end but be ready to take a 30-minute nap in the middle. Maybe the Director's Cut with actually cut out the boring parts. One can hope.


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