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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Asian stereotypes galore

1/10
Author: (drdurden70) from United States
2 February 2013

These are just in the first 30 minutes of this piece of crap.

1. There's the "this Korean, that Korean" in buddy's engagement party song 2. What's with the inexplicably mute father's Asian girlfriend? 3. Why does the Asian guy at Michigan have the phoniest accent? 4. There's the Indian guy at restaurant he's applying for, from 40 year old Virgin, who I guess is funny, because he says "fuck" with a Jamaican accent.

Stopped watching this crap after 30 minutes. This is why Hollywood sucks. There are too many white, Jewish guys who have their yarmulkes so far up their privileged Lilly asses, they don't know what the world is really like.

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14 out of 25 people found the following review useful:

just horrible.

1/10
Author: steven acker from United States
7 May 2012

first review, and usually don't offer up my opinion like this, but this movie was a combination of lame screen-writing, a boring story, and constant bashing of my hometown.

the movie's length was interminable, but not as bad as the single woman sitting in 2 rows in front of me, incessantly laughing by herself at every non-funny joke.

the ending was cute, but by 2 hours i was hoping the romance would end poorly.

I'm looking forward to my next review of a movie i actually....enjoyed.

if anyone was interested in moving to Ann arbor, seeing this movie would ablate any consideration. please...this movie misrepresents everything about the city...couldn't find a better place to settle, raise a family and live in a vibrant urban area than Ann arbor..

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Hopeless

2/10
Author: RandomViewer from Australia
6 March 2013

An overlong movie that has no reason to be overlong.

Or ever being made.

It is mind-numbingly boring; "it's got Jason Segal in it" makes you watch it, hoping it gets good except it is so. effing. boring.

And the producers never asked anyone about how irritating the London accent (or whatever it was) on the girl was. Every time she talked it was like Paris Hilton trying to be the most irritating English person ever, and she did it well.

There was about 7 minutes 30 seconds of good stuff in this movie. Segal ought to be ashamed of himself.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

overly long relationship movie

4/10
Author: MLDinTN from TN
10 February 2013

The main problem with this movie was that it lasted too long. It was also very predictable, which leads to being boring. Basically, couple seems happy, couple has problems, couple breaks up, couple realizes it's a mistake, couple gets together again. This concept is nothing original.

Tom is an up and coming chef in San Francisco whom gets engaged to Violet. Violet decides she wants to go to grad school in Michigan. So of course, Tom is going to resent giving up his career in San Francisco to move to Michigan. He can only get a job at some rinky dink restaurant, while Violet finds success in her studies. She's got a professor after her, which leads to complications. Also, Tom and Violet keep finding reasons to put off the wedding. Mainly it's jealously of careers that drives them apart, but in the end they realize they were wrong and do what they should have done after getting engaged.

FINAL VERDICT: Too long, nothing great, skip it.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Brutal, depressing and rarely funny

2/10
Author: brucloth from United States
24 September 2012

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I enjoy a romantic comedy as well as the next person and I realize there are only so many ways it can be written, but this film was painful at best. The majority of the "humor" in the film was of the middle school brand and it seemed to me that all of the characters written to be funny were really nothing more than assholes. The film drags terribly and I kept looking at the clock to see when it would end.

That being said, the typical: 1) couple is in love 2) couple has a falling out 3) couple gets back together again was handled interestingly as they truly separated and tried to move on with no success. The one scene I liked: The Elmo and Cookie Monster argument/conversation/counseling between the sisters (Emily Blunt and Alison Brie) was very well done.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Tedious

2/10
Author: john-575 from Melbourne, Australia
6 May 2012

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If I'd known Jude Apatow was involved here or indeed anyone else involved with "Knocked Up" I'd have definitely thought twice. As sadly "The Five Year engagement" is even more tedious than "Knocked Up". He really needs to get the blueprints out for "The 40 year Virgin" and try again. It's about the last funny movie he made.

Positives from the cinema visit was it was a cold day, the seats were comfortable, the coffee was great. Just a few weeks earlier we were in the same upstairs cinemas at Melbourne's art deco Westgarth Cinema seeing "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" which was entertaining.

Jason Segel you're going to have drop these low self esteem character roles. Loved you in "I love you Bro". Emily you were so fetching in "Dan in Real Life" and "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen". Must admit here I much preferred your hair later in the film when you were involved with your professor.

The only funny characters here were Emily Blunts characters sister and some of Emily Blunts Michigan classmates.

This is certainly no "Bridesmaids". Apart from not being a comedy at all it painted a very bleak picture of Michigan which may or may not be true. I'd save your money on this one.

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Good acting. Dull story

3/10
Author: Stream Theatre
12 November 2012

What feels longer than a 5 year engagement? You guessed right: the movie about it.

What starts as a light and funny movie, with so much promise, slowly (oh so slowly) drowns into staggering boredom, as the couple and the creators try our patience.

Actually, they did such a good work at it, that I was sure the movie is a 3 hours feature. Don't worry, it's only 2 and a bit.

So what do we have? A quirky couple that don't really know if they want to get married or not, but make an effort to actually go for it.

On the way to the planned wedding, they are making any effort in order to avoid it. These are not entertaining efforts. They are as dull as a broomstick.

The question that all viewers are expected to ask is: will they eventually get married? The answer is: after the first long 30 minutes, who would really care? And this is not to say that the actors didn't do a good job. They did. Most characters were very reliably acted, and they fit the role. But even the best actor that will act as my boring neighbour from upstairs, will still be acting as a boring neighbour from upstairs.

Do yourself a favour, and instead of watching this film, go and say hello to your neighbours. They probably have much more interesting stories than this movie.

Or even better: spend the time convincing your future spouse that you should either not delay your wedding, or just go each in his own separate ways.

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Mundane romantic comedy that crawls for over two hours

3/10
Author: filmcritic3 from United States
28 April 2012

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THE FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT It's bad enough when Hollywood opts to produce another inane romantic comedy, but to further torture viewers by dragging the monotonous gag for over two hours is cruel and unusual punishment. Like most films of this ilk, the potential for ground-breaking comedy is always there lurking beneath the surface, but it never emerges from its briny depths. Once you slip past the line: "You were sending telepathic wiener missiles to her face!", the movie serves no other purpose than to provide an evening of swamp ass.

THE FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT stars Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie and Rhys Ifans. The film is rated R, but if you're hoping to see a bit of Blunt's ample assets, forget it. The only nudity is this R-rated sex romp is Segel's ass. Did not make my night.

Segel is Tom Solomon, who is madly, desperately in love with Blunt's Violet Barnes. He proposes and they begin wedding plans. In the interim, Violet is offered her dream position in Michigan, while Tom is climbing the cooking ladder of success, serving as a top chef in San Francisco. The comedy arises when the two love-birds opt to wait for the ideal moment to tie the knot. The message is clear: There is no ideal moment; you must pretend you're Nike and "just do it". So Violet's sister Suzie (Brie) hooks up with Tom's best friend Alex (Pratt), and they raise a family while the love-birds still wait for the perfect moment. Enter Ifans as Professor Winton Childs, who manages to move on and seduce Violet. College professors and satyrs, fostering the stereotype like soup and sandwich. Meanwhile, the perfect time still hasn't arrived. Pretty standard script fare for this type of film.

No romantic comedy since "Romancing the Stone" has required creative technical aspects. THE FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT will break no grounds. All the technical crew is putting in yeoman's duty, offering basic fare.

While most of these movies offer a "true love conquers all" motif, the social commentary often bulges through the comedy's pace. So it is with THE FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT. Had Producer Judd Apatow and Director Nicholas Stoller stuck to comedy and tossed the social commentary, they would have had a funny 70 minute movie. But, then, that's not really Apatow's style, is it? And while we're on the topic of social commentary, only a woman mired in the ranting of the H3L could comprehend the message Segel pens into the script. This message basically says as long as your love for someone is true, it is of no consequence how many folks you romp with before you settle down with that someone special. Say what? Men think differently.

Segel is Hollywood clever. He dons multiple hats for his films. In THE FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT he not only stars, but writes the screenplay and produces as well. This is a solid way of collecting multiple paychecks for a single endeavor. But, Segel's comedy is hit and miss. He was masterful with the "Man or Muppet" segment, but is merely mundane here.

THE RATING FOR THE FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT = D

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Women are not no so greedy and Guys are not so cheap !!!!

1/10
Author: Sazzad Hossain Shanto (sazzad.h.akm@gmail.com) from Bangladesh
10 November 2012

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I don't know who made this movie and don't want to know his/her name because knowing his/her name will prevent me from watching good movie(s) (if he/she had made one!!) of him/her.

In this movie a couple named Tom(Jason Segel) & Violet(Emily Blunt) is formally engaged to each other and they will get married soon. But their engagement extends due to Violet has got a chance in a graduate school. They decide not to get married until Violet's study finish. so Tom moved with Violet to the place where violet has to study turning down a job as chef at a restaurant.

In university where violet gets a charming teacher and fell for him while tom was suffering to get a new job. Teacher also responded to Violet weakness and responded with some hypocrisy such as giving Violet extra marks, agreed to Violet's every proposal about their thesis ignoring better proposal. As Violet doing good!! in the study they wanted Violet to Stay for more study which made Tom frustrated. As a result they had a fight and decided to stay apart from each other.

Violet marry that teacher and Tom started to live alone having a soft spot for Violet. After few years Violet understand that she was no worthy of those favors she used to get from her husband(former teacher) .Her husband did those only to get Violet. Then violet leave her husband and made a reconciliation with Tom and their married was a matter of time.

Now, what is the point of this movie ? Doesn't it says that Girls are not worthy of Academic success ? Yes it says so. It also stated that Women use their Beauty as weapon of achievement.

It also shows that Guys are looser. After being engaged to a girl he can wait for her to marry a another looser and then they will have some fight then divorce. Then waiting guy get back her Girl !!!!!! I feel great sorry for the writer if he had wrote this story from his own life.

DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME Watching this movie.

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Engaging

7/10
Author: kosmasp
7 September 2012

The movie was not as funny as I thought it would be (especially after watching the trailer, which I couldn't avoid doing). But it still was more than alright. I do like Jason Segel and Emily Blunt is not only gorgeous but also very funny. She was also the reason Adjustment Bureau worked. You could see why Matt Damon ... But lets not digress. Although again you can see why Jason Segel (the character he's playing) would fall for Emily Blunts character.

Some obstacles in the movie seem to not make a lot of sense. But then again, life does not make a lot of sense either most of the time. So it does depend on your suspend of disbelief. But if you can do that, you might enjoy a sweet little romantic comedy, that does work, which can't be said about most of the romantic movies being released in recent history.

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