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So before Jason Segel was to revel in success, he was advised by a good
friend in the movie industry. That good friend was a guy by the name of
Nicholas Stoller. That advice was on the basis of being a true success
out in movie-land (Hollywood) and in order for his talents to be
identified, he must write and create his own characters.
Since then he has done wonders, including the hilarious "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"(2008), "Get him to the Greek"(2011) as well as a memorable resurrection of "The Muppets"(2011). He returns to the screen with long-time friend Emily Blunt in The Five Year Engagement.
Tom (Segel) is a long-time chef in San-Francisco. A well established one at that, he is destined to spend the rest of his life with Violet (Blunt). After only a year since they met, in what was hilarious circumstances, Tom proposes to Violet in what is quite the funny introduction to Tom's awkward ego. Awkward being an understatement.
Both seem financially settled as Violet's career in psychology seems to reach new heights everyday. Things turn sour when Violet receives an invitation into what seems a once in a life time opportunity, the unfortunate thing for Tom is that the position she dreams of is in Michigan! The prospect of life in snowy temperatures sails over the head of Tom as he shows his desire to Violet by agreeing the move, believing his cooking abilities will be an advantage else where.
As Tom is destined for a revived career in Michigan, he struggles to find a position to his standard. (previously a head chef).
The comedy evolves through-out the time of the movie, as well as the time in the movie! A five year engagement may seem acceptable to those suffering financially, but in Tom and Violet's circumstances, the reality is that the people around them are dying waiting on this wedding to happen...literally!
Tom's best friend and former cook buddy Alex (Chris Pratt) is hilarious with his constant irritating, childish behavior! What was once Tom's life back home, is now run by Alex. To make matters worse for Tom and Violet, Alex marries Violet's sister in such short time, in what slowly evolves into a game of envy and jealousy!
As Tom quickly struggles with life in Michigan, Violet is loving her new position as she fights off her former lover and current boss Winton (Rhys Ifans) who appears destined to help Violet settle into her new life. Although Violet and Tom have a faithful relationship, it is when Violet's love for psychology and Tom's desire to hurry the wedding that result in a clash of fate and different desires that adds a touch of drama to this Rom-com.
The Five year engagement succeeds with it's hilarious round-up of numerous characters who individually know how to make this movie their own. Violet's cast of new workmates are genius as she tries adjusting to the weirdness and seriousness of each individual.
Watch as family members anticipating this so-called wedding cry for help as we get to see matters worsen for poor Tom Solomon. As people around Tom are moving on, living in what appears a better life back home, Tom struggles with the workmates of his new position...and his insanity!
The Five year Engagement is definitely worth a watch, although any comparison to the previous work of Jason Segel will be left for yourself. As for me, I went into this movie with little or no hope as I avoided "Jeff who lives at home" (Was that a mistake?) and I really disliked "I love you man". Apart from minor screen roles, I rate Jason Segel highly and believe with certain comedians (former I should say) truly stuffed their careers with rubbish movies, Mr Segel will continue to entertain us!
Overall: Surprisingly funny and worth a watch
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Tom (Jason Segel) is a San Francisco chef who successfully proposes to
his girlfriend Violet (Emily Blunt) but their plans to marry one
another are continually offset. Violet's sister Suzie (Alison Brie)
falls pregnant to Tom's dopey friend Alex (Chris Pratt) and they decide
to quickly wed each other. Violent is also pressured by her mother
Sylvia (Jackie Weaver), who is concerned that her daughter will not
marry before all her relatives die. Tom and Violet's plans are further
disrupted when she, as a PHD graduate in psychology, accepts a position
at the University of Michigan. She's happy to be able to study under
the charismatic watch of Professor Winston Childs (Rhys Ifans) but Tom
hates it because it's freezing cold and the move ensures that he has to
give up an important cooking job. He's forced to try and find work in a
sandwich shop with some unusual company.
The Five Year Engagement has some big early laughs and a relatable premise but it never recovers from a poor midsection. If anything the film confirms for a number of reasons that Jason Segel, who co-wrote the film with the director Nicholas Stoller, is too generous as a screenwriter. Once Tom and Violet arrive in Michigan and find themselves divided by their professions, Blunt has by far the more interesting portion of the narrative. One of Violet's case studies involves an experiment with donuts that lends itself to an interesting and intelligent thematic question. It asks whether someone would take the first thing they have in front of them or whether they would reward their patience with the potential for something more substantial. It is a clever way of mimicking the predicament faced by the characters in the film itself, as they latch onto relationships and opportunities with varying outcomes. However, the lack of direction in Segel's thread is damaging to the story. Segel has nice chemistry with Blunt, in part because of her own continually endearing presence, but away from her he's hopelessly outplayed by a number of side characters who are far livelier than the prosaic hangdog expressions he offers. It is also difficult to film a mode of stasis, like the one Tom finds himself in, without the story disappearing into that concept itself. Thus, when he is unable to assert himself in the restaurant game Tom is left to strange activities, like hunting the woods, leaving the story by the wayside. The pacing stalls terribly around the midpoint with unnecessary scenes and a running time of just on two hours long. All of this is disappointing because the film has moments of pleasure. The early scenes are some of the funniest, including a clever opening where Tom and Violet have to play out the surprise proposal, even though she already knows about the arrangement. It's a smart scene because it parodies and plays with a lot of the clichés of the romantic comedy genre in ways that we recognise. There are pockets of funny lines too but the dialogue also becomes unnecessarily smutty and tiresome, if only to appeal to the male demographic unconcerned with proposals and wedding plans. If the script had been tighter and refused to resort to predictability and crassness it would have fulfilled a promising movie. It does include Emily Blunt after all.
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Finishing is what counts. Starting is great. If you don't start something then you'll never be able to even have the opportunity to finish it. But in the end, it's the finishing that counts more than anything else. And The Five Year Engagement (TFYE) is a disappointing, almost perfect illustration of that. Here's a film that not only started, but started well. The set up was perfect. The two main leads obviously had a lot of chemistry between each other. The script was smart and funny. If one has to see a Romantic Comedy, it seemed at the start of TFYE, that this was one that could appeal to both men and women. But then something happened. It's almost as if a completely different film was spliced into TFYE at about the 2/3 mark and, it almost became bizarre (probably beginning with the food fight liaison). And what started with so much promise began to spin out of control into the absurd and ridiculous. I don't know if there was a rush to finish the script or a push by the executives to make this film not take itself too seriously or what, but unfortunately what began with so much promise ended up like so many other garden variety romantic comedies that are a dime a dozen. It should be noted that the film tries to right itself towards the end and definitely makes a valiant effort to do so. But the near derailment is just too much to overcome, and thus, for me anyway, makes this movie not one that I would recommend until it's out on DVD or blu-ray. And even then I'd wait a while.
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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.
The Five-Year Engagement was a pleasant experience to watch. More comedy, than romantic comedy, guys and girls will be able to enjoy this movie. A generally large amount of laughter amounted from the audience, and when it was over, everybody seemed content with how they had spent their money. It was funny but it was much to long. With a running time of over 2 hours, you get a sense of insult, feeling like the film makers have not given you enough credit of understanding the plot, which is simple and easy. Otherwise, the movie was well-written and the acting was surprisingly good.I laughed a substantial amount and my girlfriend enjoyed it as well. I recommend seeing this film.
"This is supposed to be exciting. It's your wedding you only get a few of these." One year after they first met Tom (Segel) proposes to Violet (Blunt) and the excitement of planning a wedding begins. Soon after the excitement starts to wind down other problems starts to come up. When Violet gets her dream job they decide to put the plans on hold and move across country. Months turn to years and little by little the stresses start to affect the couple. I am a pretty big Jason Segel fan and I was looking forward to this movie. While this is very very funny with some great quotable lines there is also a lot of heart in this which makes it a great movie to watch. The drama scenes fit in perfectly and they do not slow down the movie or make you forget it's a comedy which is the problem with most comedies like this. There are a few classic scenes in this (the Cookie Monster vs. Elmo argument is my favorite) and this is one that you can watch more then once and still laugh at every time. I may be hyping this up to much for you know but this is the type of movie that couples can watch together and both enjoy for different reasons. I highly recommend this. I give it an A.
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Wife and I watched this movie with high expectations because of Jason
Segeland his previous work. 124 minutes later neither one of us had
cracked so much as smile, she was utterly offended while I was less so
as I've come to expect this dreck from the formulaic romantic
"comedies" that are marketed towards women.
Unique only in the level of outright disdain that Hollywood holds for men that is on exhibit here, it is so thick it practically drips off the screen. Every male character, and I mean EVERY one, is a caricature of one type or another of men as slacked jawed, mouth breathing imbeciles who might likely forget to breath or constantly soil themselves were it not for the highly intelligent, wise beyond their years, always sexy and dynamic no matter what women whose lives are limited because of them.
Spoilers Begin HERE: Pretty standard fare now from Hollywood in which the never ending indignation heaped upon one particularly dim-witted male by his manipulative but clearly superior romantic interest is somehow intended to somehow be funny.
In this version one particular clod, played by Jason Segel, is made to look like the bad guy once again because despite his best groveling, boot licking and subservience to his fiancé, up to and including giving up his promising career in San Francisco and putting his entire life and their plans on hold in order to follow her like a love sick puppy to Michigan so she can pursue her post graduate work - the underlying implication that everyone knows academia is so much more inherently worthy than any other career one might choose its a given he would do this strikes one like a sledgehammer - he has the unmitigated gall to react badly when she oh so nobly reveals her recent indiscretion to him with her department head and mentor. Shame on him and how dare he try to shackle her sexuality or some similar clap trap they like to spout in LA these days.
The course of this film is so utterly predictable that no sooner had Rhys Ifans' character been introduced my wife declared "oh well I guess we know who she's hooking up with already." Not to worry though despite having shattered Segel's life in multiple ways and after having spent several sleeping her way into a highly coveted job but not realizing it because she's so innocent and clearly entitled to the job Emily Blunt has "earned" she will ultimately rescue Jason from the clutches of a 23 year old bombshell and their empty, obviously meaningless relationship. But hey, that is after all how how real life works and we all know that every man is just waiting to have the constant affection and physical attention of a younger beautiful woman replaced by the stiletto heal, lash and leash held by the hand of the much less attractive but clearly more introspective and deep academic. *pfffth* I'm sorry but I'm laughing as I type this. Not because anything in the film but because I do realize this is how Hollywood view the world. Of course their reunion won't come because she realizes she made the mistake and did her ex-wrong, of course not she perfect so that's not possible. No it only happens after her mentor is revealed to be just another sex crazed power hungry male who ends up telling her she's easily replaced by the next class of groupies and Jason Realizes how badly he needs the presence of his former emotional dominatrix in his life in order to be complete and runs of to purse her.
I'm probably repeating myself having commented on other equally appalling, anti-male films of the "romantic comedy" genre, but if you laugh at any point in this movie or found it the least be redeeming, you should probably seek our professional help to get to the bottom of your deep seated hostility toward men.
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.
A dire two hour snooze fest that will leave you cursing your local cinemas' policy of not refunding tickets simply because the movie was cr*p. Whoever claimed this film was in any sense a comedy needs to take a look at themselves because the "humour" in this title can only be described as awful and at some points had me praying for my ears to start bleeding to drown out the sound. The length of the film only made the experience worse and I can honestly admit to willing one of the lead characters to die suddenly just to bring the thing to an end. When it eventually did reach its conclusion (I managed to wake up) to find an extremely predictable scenario that was honestly not worth the wait. All in all an awkward experience that resulted in my record breaking dash to the exit door as soon as the first character of the credits appeared.
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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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