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The Five-Year Engagement (2012)

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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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Grandma Katherine
Grandpa Baba
Grandpa Harold


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)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


David Paymer signed onto the film as he wanted to work with Jason Segel and Judd Apatow. But he really wanted to work on it as he could return to Ann Arbor, Michigan where he's an alumni of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. 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: I think I understand why I have communication issues. Mom, maybe you should slow down on the Bloody Mary's. You don't need any more.
Carol Solomon: Oh?
Pete Solomon: Let her have it.
Carol Solomon: You're going to tell me what to do? No. I am going to ask you again. What are you doing with Violet? You're being dumb! You are being so fucking dumb, you idiot. You love Violet. I love Violet. Your father loves Violet and you're letting her go. Fuck you, you dummy.
Tom Solomon: Wow.
Tom Solomon: Since when do you talk like this?
Carol Solomon: It's not funny, Tom.
Tom Solomon: Okay, fine...
Carol Solomon:
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References Philadelphia (1993) See more »


Simon Was
Written by Josh Petrojvic, Justin Petrojvic
Performed by The Blasting Company (as Petrojvic Blasting Company)
By arrangement with The Talent House
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Not really a comedy
9 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This picture is being sold as a comedy...however it is more like a drama with some comedic elements...and those few comedic moments aren't really that funny. The movie examines with a cynical eye a relationship that the director wants to present as a real loving one. However, anyone in the audience can see that this relationship has problems. The female lead is an annoying selfish character while the male character is wimpy and feels sorry for himself.

The movie is extremely self indulgent...it was written by the director and by the star. I don't think they wanted to leave any scenes out. The movie meanders for over two hours. It could have easily been a 90 minute film.

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