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Director:
Writers:
Jason Segel (written by) &
Nicholas Stoller (written by)
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Release Date:
27 April 2012 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A comedy about the journey between popping the question and tying the knot.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A passable romantic comedy See more (138 total) »

Cast

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Jason Segel ... Tom Solomon

Emily Blunt ... Violet Barnes

Chris Pratt ... Alex Eilhauer

Alison Brie ... Suzie Barnes-Eilhauer

Lauren Weedman ... Chef Sally

Mimi Kennedy ... Carol Solomon

David Paymer ... Pete Solomon

Jacki Weaver ... Sylvia Dickerson-Barnes

Jim Piddock ... George Barnes

Eric Scott Cooper ... B&B Manager

Dakota Johnson ... Audrey

Jane Carr ... Grandma Katherine

Clement von Franckenstein ... Grandpa Baba

Michael Ensign ... Grandpa Harold
Madge Levinson ... Grandma Leonora
Murray Miller ... SF Wedding Barn Manager

Eileen Grubba ... Botanical Garden Manager

Mark Rademacher ... Priest

Kevin Yon ... Rabbi

Heather Mathieson ... Female Justice of the Peace

Rhys Ifans ... Winton Childs

Mindy Kaling ... Vaneetha

Randall Park ... Ming

Kevin Hart ... Doug

Kumail Nanjiani ... Pakistani Chef

Wajid ... Pakistani Chef

Gerry Bednob ... Pakistani Chef

Tim Heidecker ... Negotiating Chef

Molly Shannon ... Onion Chef

Brian Posehn ... Tarquin
Suzie Kluce ... Deli Customer (as Suzanne Kluce)

Tracee Chimo ... Margaret

Chris Parnell ... Bill
Gina Ragnone ... Ashley
Kenneth Small ... Not Zach
Francesca DelBanco ... Cake Shop Owner (as Francesca Delbanco)

Stephanie Faracy ... Florist

Zoe Niemkiewicz ... Vanessa
Tyler Hamway ... Vaneetha's Date in Bar

Michele Messmer ... Band Manager
Fred Lindholm ... Bingo Caller
Rocky Rector ... Randy (as Richard Rector)

Aaron Lustig ... Michigan Rabbi

Chris Newman ... Used Car Lot Guy

Da'Vone McDonald ... Taco Customer
Laurie Brown ... Professor Walch
Nicholas Delbanco ... Professor Delbanco

Corey Fischer ... Male Justice of the Peace

Nicholas Totis ... Vaneetha's Boyfriend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michelle Lynne Balser ... Jazz Bar Goer (uncredited)

Jessica Benz ... Ex-Girlfriend Lizzie Gray (uncredited)
E.C. Burke ... Party-goer (uncredited)

Adam Campbell ... Gideon (uncredited)
Ron Causey ... Clam Bar Chef (uncredited)
Cabran E. Chamberlain ... Tourist (uncredited)
Stephanie Chi ... House Party Goer (uncredited)

JQ Cole ... Restaurant waiter (uncredited)
Zachary Robert Craft ... College Student (uncredited)
Damian Gomez ... Hipster (uncredited)

Mike Guerra ... House Party Goer (uncredited)

Kathryn Henzler ... University of Michigan Student (uncredited)
Jeff Hill ... Psych Lab Participant (uncredited)
Sujan Soo-Jung Hong ... That Korean (uncredited)

Demi Kazanis ... Zingerman's customer (uncredited)

Dayton Knoll ... First Customer (uncredited)
Kimberly Koltyk ... Funeral Mourner (uncredited)

Kef Lee ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Tiffany Liu ... Marapol (uncredited)

Sean Mann ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Carl Marino ... New Years Eve Reveler (uncredited)
Rebecca Mccarthy ... Rehearsal Dinner (uncredited)
Matt McClelland ... Shirtless Frat Guy (uncredited)

Jessica McLarty ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Ralph H. Meyer ... Mourner (uncredited)

Danny Mooney ... Little Jake (uncredited)

Caleb and Matthew Paddock ... Harris (uncredited)
Caroline Rankin ... Student (uncredited)
Nicholas Ritz ... Professor Party Goer (uncredited)
Aubrey Lynea Shore ... Extra (uncredited)
Robert Tarpinian ... Zoomba Dancer (uncredited)

Nathalie Tedrick ... Party Girl (uncredited)
Eric Tuchelske ... Psych Lab Participant (uncredited)
Stacey Whelan ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)

Directed by
Nicholas Stoller 
 
Writing credits
Jason Segel (written by) &
Nicholas Stoller (written by)

Produced by
Judd Apatow .... producer
Lisa Goldberg .... associate producer (as Lisa Yadavaia)
Rodney Rothman .... producer
Jason Segel .... executive producer
Nicholas Stoller .... producer
Richard Vane .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Andrews 
 
Cinematography by
Javier Aguirresarobe (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William Kerr 
Peck Prior 
 
Casting by
Jeanne McCarthy 
 
Production Design by
Julie Berghoff 
 
Art Direction by
John B. Josselyn 
 
Set Decoration by
Sophie Neudorfer 
 
Costume Design by
Leesa Evans 
 
Makeup Department
Ellen Arden .... makeup artist
Leo Corey Castellano .... special makeup effects designer
Clifton Chippewa .... additional hair
Emilie Cockels .... hair stylist
Mia Collie .... hair stylist
Elizabeth Cortez .... key hair stylist
Maggie Fung .... key makeup artist
Christin Hanson .... additional makeup artist
Dalton Kutsch .... special makeup effects technician: Corey Castellano
Kris Ravetto .... makeup artist
Peter Robb-King .... makeup department head
Susan Schuler-Page .... hair stylist
Bree Shea .... makeup artist
John Tarro .... additional hairstylist
Jennifer Tremont .... hair stylist
Nancie Marsalis .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Nacoma Whobrey .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Marcei A. Brown .... unit production manager
Lisa Rodgers .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... second unit director
Todd Havern .... second second assistant director
Michael Jordan .... second assistant director: plate unit, San Francisco
Sebastian Mazzola .... additional second assistant director
Michael J. Moore .... first assistant director
Cindy Taylor .... second second assistant director: San Francisco
Basti Van Der Woude .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Dean Backer .... set buyer: San Francisco
Michael 'Barney' Bernard .... set dresser: San Francisco (as Michael Bernard)
Boyd Bossler .... prop maker
Bonnie Briggs .... on set dresser: San Francisco
Hilary Bristoll .... art department coordinator
James Burke .... greensman: San Francisco
Frank Casaceli .... b-unit set dresser
Katherine Covell .... assistant props: San Francisco
Tom Day .... assistant property master: San Francisco (as Thomas Day)
Erick Donaldson .... set designer
Jim Edelhauser .... assistant greens: San Francisco (as James Edelhauser)
Scotty Evans .... propmaker
Kathy Fennessy .... assistant property master
Liz Georgoff .... property assistant
J. Michael Glynn .... assistant property master
Amy Graham .... set dresser
Kemper Harris .... on-set dreser
Jason Helton .... plasterer
Lawrence Hornbeck .... on-set dresser: San Francisco
Sharon Jonah .... set painter
Jamie Klenk .... art department assistant
Kate J. Kogelman .... lead scenic
Zachariah Kuczynski .... food stylist
Arin Ladish .... buyer
Justin N. Lang .... set designer (as Justin Noble Lang)
Garrett Lowe .... scenic artist
Mike Maher .... graphic designer
Sean Mannion .... property master
Dan Molnar .... set dresser: San Francisco
Ali Mukstar .... set dresser
Justin Mutschler .... additional on-set dresser
Christopher Reams .... set dresser
Aferdita Redmond .... painter
Eric Rhodes .... greens foreman
Tom Richardson .... painter: San Francisco unit
Brittin Richter .... set dresser
Lucy Schiefer .... set buyer
Mark Sejnowski .... set dresser
Brett V. Shirley .... gang boss
Michael Spatola .... special props maker
Matt Stankovich .... set dresser: SF unit
David Stasiak .... propmaker
Mike Sunga .... leadman
Kim Thrasher .... set buyer
Tina Tottis .... set buyer
Michael Trosper .... set dresser
Kevin Vanderhoff .... set dresser
Amy Vinson .... art department production assistant
Austin Wagner .... prop maker
Jody Weisenfeld .... assistant props: San Francisco
Erica Wernick .... graphic designer: additional photography
Mark Whitehead .... props researcher
Douglas Womack .... construction coordinator
Anthony Yarbrough .... set dresser
Michael Zambiski .... greensman: on-set
Lilia Zurick .... art department production assistant: additional photography
Paulette Georges .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Andrew Adams .... boom operator
George H. Anderson .... supervising sound editor
Ron Ayers .... boom operator: second unit
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Bill Burns .... assistant adr editor
Jenna Dalla Riva .... foley recordist
Tammy Fearing .... adr editor
Alison Fisher .... dialogue editor
Marc Fishman .... sound re-recording mixer
Sandra Fox .... foley assistant
Neal Garon .... sound utility
Lee Gilmore .... sound effects editor
Tim Hoagland .... re-recording mix technician
Zack Howard .... sound mix technician
Adam Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Larry Kemp .... ADR supervisor
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
James Matheny .... dialogue editor
Fred Runner .... sound utility: San Francisco
Joe Schiff .... adr editor
Roy Seeger .... first assistant sound editor
Ken Segal .... sound mixer
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Nelson Stoll .... playback operator: San Francisco
Don White .... foley recording mixer
Beau Williams .... sound mixer: second unit
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
 
Special Effects by
Cris Alex .... special effects technician
Chase Birdsong .... special effects technician
Craig Gubert .... special effects technician
Nicholas Leone .... special effects technician
Chuck Ray .... special effects: San Francisco (as Charles Ray)
Robert Tyrrell .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Brian Begun .... senior compositor: level 256
Chris Chappell .... compositor
Myong Choi .... compositor: Level 256
Scott M. Davids .... visual effects supervisor
Seth Kleinberg .... visual effects producer
Mark Larranaga .... visual effects supervisor
Miles Lauridsen .... compositor: Level 256
Adam Lima .... digital compositor
Shawn Shaman .... digital asset manager
 
Stunts
Ele Bardha .... stunt driver
Joe Bucaro III .... co-stunt coordinator (as Joey Bucaro)
Bryant Burnett .... stunt double: Rhys Ifans
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunt coordinator (as Jeff Dashnaw)
Cody Bo Kruger .... stunt performer
Nancy McCrumb .... stunt double: Emily Blunt (as Nancy McBradley)
Tim Meredith .... stunt driver (as Tim Meridith)
Wesley Scott .... stunts
Toni Staniewicz .... stunt driver
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brad Baker .... additional focus puller: "a" camera
Brad Baker .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Steve Bellen .... first assistant "c" camera: San Francisco (as Alex Steven Bellen)
Jean-Philippe Belliard .... electrician: re-shoots
Marvin J. Bowie .... electrician
Charles John Bukey .... key grip
Michael Ryan Burns .... additional rigging gaffer: San Francisco
Tiffany Burns .... additional grip
Dave Childers .... rigging key grip: San Francisco (as David Childers)
John P. Chittick .... additional grip
Ian Chriss .... best boy rigging electric: San Francisco
Brent Christy .... additional grip
Michael J. Conner .... additional rigging electrician
Jason Cox .... videographer
Nick Cutway .... additional second assistant camera
Nick Cutway .... digital loader
Tommy Daguanno .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Louis DiCesare .... gaffer
Carlos Doerr .... first assistant camera
Scott Eagle .... electrician
Joe Elrom .... digital imaging technician: second unit
Joe Elrom .... digital loader
Kevin Fannon .... grip
Ryan Faulkner .... rigging electric
David Favenyesi .... electrician
Jeph Folkins .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, San Francisco
Jule Fontana .... second assistant camera
Hilario Gonzalez .... grip
Ben Groeger .... camera production assistant: San Francisco
Tim Guffin .... second assistant camera: "c" camera, San Francisco
Don L. Henderson .... "a" dolly grip: San Francisco (as Don Henderson)
Don L. Henderson .... dolly grip: "a" camera, San Francisco (as Don Henderson)
Gregg Horvath .... first assistant camera
Brad Irvin .... rigging electrician
Willow Jenkins .... video assist
Mark Karavite .... camera operator: "b" camera
Mark Karavite .... steadicam operator
Brian Kelly .... best boy rigging electric
Sean T. Kelly .... key grip
Brad Knopf .... electrician
Adam Kogelman .... rigging grip
James Kumarelas .... local rigging gaffer: San Francisco
John Lacy .... best boy electric: San Francisco
Jon Lindsay .... second assistant camera
Jordan Livingston .... digital loader: second unit, San Francisco
William MacLeod .... bb rigging grip: Michigan (as Bill MacLeod)
Patrick McArdle .... first assistant camera: "c" camera, San Francisco
Robert 'Boomer' McCann .... best boy rigging grip: San Francisco
Christopher TJ McGuire .... camera operator: "b" camera, additional photography
Chris McLeod .... electrician
Dan Mikulski .... grip
Aaron Mohr .... grip
Ryan Joseph Moran .... grip
Ignacio Musich .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Kjell Ness .... dolly grip: "b" camera, San Francisco
Ted Nimz .... rigging electrician
Cory O'Dea .... electrician
Tim O'Dea .... gaffer (as Timothy O'Dea)
Orlando Orona .... best boy grip: San Francisco
Joseph Parise .... grip
Lisa Quinn .... best boy rigging electric
Trevor Rios .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Ritter .... rigging gaffer
Jim Rogers .... rigging grip
Omar Sabeh .... lighting technician
Casey Sherrier .... digital imaging technician
Stephen Smith .... digital loader
Amy Snell .... rigging grip
Mariana Sánchez de Antuñano .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Jonathan Terpstra .... electrician
Aaron Ulrich .... additional grip
Keith Wandrei .... dolly grip
John Wendling .... best boy electric
Glen Wilson .... still photographer
Alex Worster .... digital loader: San Francisco
Scott Zuckerberg .... rigging key grip
Grant Babbitt .... camera operator: promo shoot (uncredited)
Gregory M. Childers .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Gregory Collis .... grip: San Francisco (uncredited)
Richard A. Hunt .... grip: San Francisco (uncredited)
Brook Johnson .... grip: San Francisco (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Joanne Bloom .... casting associate
Jaime Harlan .... casting
Nancy Hayes .... extras casting director: San Francisco
Jennifer Lurey .... casting
Kathy Remski .... extras casting
Eve Streger .... casting assistant
Dixie Webster .... extras casting: los angeles
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kate Abraham .... seamstress (as Kate Bennett)
Jessica Albertson .... key set costumer
Mark Avery .... costumer
Cynthia Bond .... key tailor
Diane Cornelius .... costumer: San Francisco
Cameron Dale .... costumer (as Cameron Folan)
Ariel Gold .... costume supervisor
Kayti Haugh .... costume assistant
Kristi Hoffman .... additional costumer
Michelle Hutchins .... costumer
Valerie Keiser .... costume assistant
Michelle Moore .... costume production assistant
Josie Rodriguez .... costume assistant
Hilary Sahn .... costume shopper
Sabra Temple .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Michael Feld .... editorial production assistant
Craig Herring .... additional editor
Annie Johnson .... digital intermediate producer
Dave Lee .... colorist: dailies
Rudy Lopez .... digital intermediate editor
Kenneth Marsten .... first assistant editor (as Kenny Marsten)
Brian Scott Olds .... first assistant editor
Mitch Rosin .... assistant editor
Stefan Sonnenfeld .... digital intermediate colorist
Emily Streetz .... assistant editor
Ian Sullivan .... digital intermediate accountant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Nick Ariondo .... musician
Celeste Chada .... score coordinator
Jonathan Karp .... music editor
Jonathan Karp .... music supervisor
Stephen Kaye .... scoring engineer
Stephen Kaye .... scoring mixer
Carl Sealove .... music editor
Gina Zimmitti .... music contractor
 
Transportation Department
Rob Byer .... transportation office coordinator: re-shoots
Demond Dickerson .... driver
Darrell Foley .... driver
Sue Grasso .... driver
Don Haggerty .... production driver
William Hissong .... driver
Jonathon Isom .... driver
David B. Jackson .... driver
Kimmie Knudsen .... driver: director
Kurt Knudsen .... transportation captain
Ken Kupchick .... driver
Dannie Lenz .... transportation captain: San Francisco
Robert Middendorff .... driver
Reno S. Mifsud .... driver
Dean Miller .... production driver
Billy Neckrock .... driver
Franco Rea .... driver
Robert'Bob'Rice Sr. .... driver
Christina Schmidt .... dot compliance
Timothy Sheehan .... transportation captain
Russ Tolliver .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Natalie Alexander .... voices
Sara Andrews .... travel coordinator: Ann Arbor
Grant Babbitt .... production assistant: behind-the-scenes / promo (uncredited)
Michael J. Babcock .... additional production assistant
Alyson Buoncristiani .... assistant: Mr. Apatow
Brad Burkhardt .... stand-in: Jason Segel
Todd F. Campbell .... location assistant
James Chandler .... craft service lead: San Francisco
Shams Charania .... grip
Lisa Chau .... accounting clerk
Caryn Cheever .... first assistant accountant
Alan Chu .... IT/telecom tech
Geralyn Clark .... production staff
Curtis Collins .... location manager
Bob Corff .... dialect coach
Gabe de Kelaita .... set production assistant: plate unit, San Francisco
Ted Demski .... production assistant
Stacy Dollar .... assistant: Mr. Apatow
C. Kyle Eckles .... craft service
Leann Emmert .... key assistant location manager: san francisco
Heidi Erl .... production coordinator: San Francisco
Alex Fields .... key assistant location manager
Anne C. Ford .... production accountant
Paula Frankel .... script supervisor: second unit
Geoffrey Gilbert .... production assistant
Megan Goedewaagen .... office production assistant: San Francisco
Megan Goedewaagen .... production secretary: additional photography
Ray Gordon II .... cast production assistant
Susannah Greason .... film commissioner: San Francisco
Noelle Green .... supervising production coordinator: 3 units
Grant Greenburg .... production assistant
Tina Hamilton .... asset manager
Mark Harden .... dog trainer
Robert Hatfield .... projectionist (as Bobby Hatfield)
Ron Heisler .... stand-in: Chris Pratt
Angela Higley .... set production assistant: San Francisco
Thanh Hoang .... production assistant
Michele Horn .... second assistant accountant
Tom Jacob .... location manager
Saisie M. Jang .... key assistant location manager: San Francisco
Yuka Kato .... location assistant (as Yuka Kato Hazelton)
Dan Kemp .... key assistant location manager: San Francisco
Daniel Kepler .... main titles: production coordinator
Suzie Kluce .... stand-in: Emily Blunt
David Lanes .... set production assistant: San Francisco
Linda B. Long .... researcher
Brenda Lopez .... script supervisor
Sharon Lopez .... travel coordinator
Krystal MacKnight .... assistant production coordinator: San Francisco
Heather MacLean .... location assistant: San Francisco
Glen McGee .... production assistant
Adam McNinch .... production assistant
Debbie Merritt .... assistant production coordinator: additional photography
David Midgen .... titles producer
Valerie I. Morasso .... assistant production coordinator
Peggy Mulloy .... unit publicist
Crystal Munson .... production assistant: reshoots
Alan Murphy .... construction accountant
Paul J. Park .... first assistant accountant: San Francisco Unit
Eliot Parker .... accounting clerk: wrap, San Francisco
Eliot Parker .... set production assistant: San Francisco
Leslie Quan .... production assistant
Ryan Radefeld .... production assistant: additional photography
Anthony Ragnone II .... assistant: Mr. Rothman
Sahir Rashid .... set production assistant
Sandy Reed .... craft service assistant: San Francisco
Pete Rinehart .... craft service assistant
DaJuan Rippy .... stand-in: Kevin Hart
Jason Roby .... set production assistant
Donnie Saylor .... horse master
Johannah Scarlet .... set production assistant
Sarah Scher .... production assistant
Douglas I. Schwartz .... assistant: Mr. Stoller
Shawn Shaman .... production staff
Carolina Solorzano .... production secretary: San Francisco
Sarah Sprague .... production coordinator
Raymond Tankard .... location assistant
Belinda Tantalo .... production assistant
Michelle Thieme .... production assistant
Alexander L. Vadasy .... lead medic
Trish Vengoechea .... payroll accountant
Lana Waddell .... production assistant (as Lana Rivkina)
Aisling Warren .... set production assistant
Debra A. Wilson .... location assistant: San Francisco
Shelly Wilson .... staff set production assistant: San Francisco
Brian Wooten .... production assistant: additional photography
Ashley Wright .... background production assistant
Brett Young-Fountain .... key second assistant accountant
Michael A. Zakalik .... set production assistant
Nikhil Jassawalla .... consultant (uncredited)
Rick Lazzarini .... lead puppeteer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Nora Ephron .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for sexual content, and language throughout
Runtime:
124 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:MA15+ | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:12 | Ireland:15A | Malaysia:18 | Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #47440)

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Trivia:
Almost all of the restaurant scenes are shot inside the MGM Grand Detroit.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Tom Solomon:I was not flirting, okay?
Alex Eilhauer:Oh really?
Tom Solomon:I was being friendly.
Alex Eilhauer:Yeah, right. You were sending telepathic wiener missiles at her face. And you know it.
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46 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
A passable romantic comedy, 5 May 2012
Author: FilmPulse

There are risks when romantic comedy is injected with "truth." Too little, and it feels like a desperate attempt to give the film credibility. Too much and it starts to feel uncomfortable as the comedy is buried in what appear to be a string of life lessons. The Five-Year Engagement tries to find a balance between comedy and truth and after a bit over two hours, almost succeeds.

That's not to say the film is bad. It's far from it, especially compared to what usually passes for a romantic comedy these days. Its leads (Emily Blunt and Jason Segel) have a surprising, easy chemistry and director Nicholas Stoller (who co-wrote with Segel) uses the talented supporting cast to add new perspective and layers to what is a pretty straightforward story.

Violet (Blunt) is a post-doctorate student. Tom (Segel) is a rising star of a chef in San Francisco. They get engaged on their first anniversary and while most romantic comedies would end here, The Five-Year Engagement does something that romantic comedies fail to do - showing what happens after the "happy ending." In doing so, we get to see every crack, seam and bump in their relationship, from Tom's resentment at leaving his dream job behind to follow Violet after she receives a fellowship at the University of Michigan, to Violet's increasing frustration at how Tom changes during his relocation.

It's a credit to Segel and Stoller that the situations that arise do so organically and don't feel forced in for shock value, and when things start to deteroriate, we not only see it coming, we solemnly nod because it is inevitable.

The film has issues, though, and they almost capsize the film. The most glaring one is the running time. The film clocks in at a bit over two hours, and you feel every grueling minute of it. The pacing and editing are a near disaster and at times, watching feels more like a chore than a good time. This is partially because the film, while billed as a romantic comedy, is only funny in spurts. The serious 'truths' of being in a relationship take center stage, which is in itself not a bad thing, but in a comedy, it really drags the film down.

The ending is typical rom-com schmaltz, though, as if the filmmakers snapped out of their malaise, thought "hey, aren't we making a comedy?" and wisely ended the film on an acceptably quirky note.

In the end, The Five-Year Engagement is serviceable entertainment, but could have been a lot more had they been able to strike the delicate balance they were trying for.

Daniel FilmPulse.net

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