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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.


Nicholas Stoller
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Adam Campbell ... Gideon
Eric Scott Cooper Eric Scott Cooper ... B&B Manager
Dakota Johnson ... Audrey
Jane Carr ... Grandma Katherine
Clement von Franckenstein ... Grandpa Baba
Michael Ensign ... Grandpa Harold

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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>

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Zingerman's, the restaurant where Tom works after moving to Michigan, is a real delicatessen in Ann Arbor that first opened in 1982. See more »


The morning after Tom and Violet's engagement party, Tom's hand is inconsistently holding to Violet's arm in succeeding sequences. See more »


Alex Eilhauer: Seeing you chop onions is depressing. It's like watching Michael Jordan take a shit.
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Alternate Versions

An Extended Version which runs 7 minutes longer than the Theatrical Version, at 131 minutes was released with the Blu-ray releases in 2012. See more »


References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »


Written by Michael Andrews (as Mike Andrews), Robert Walter
Performed by The Greyboy Allstars
Courtesy of Greyboy Allstars LLC
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User Reviews

Grossly underrated. A real gem.
27 July 2017 | by eyezik-33319See all my reviews

I went into this film with low expectations. Very rarely do I actually take the time to watch romantic comedies but this one had such an excellent cast that I decided to give it a try. So glad I did. This film is fantastic. It knows when to be smart and it knows when to be serious, and both of these things it pulls off perfectly.

Probably the thing that surprised me the most about this film was the fantastic chemistry between Jason Segal and Emily Blunt. I never would have guessed that they could work so well with each other! Chris Pratt and Alison Brie are also great together. In fact, the whole cast is great. It was very refreshing to see Kevin Hart in a smaller role in which it didn't feel like he was trying the steal the entire scene.

The only reason that I took two stars off my review is because I did feel at times that the pacing was a little bit off. Some of the scenes probably could have been tightened up a bit to make them that much more effective and there may have been a few short scenes that weren't really needed. This is my only real complaint about the film.

Overall, I highly recommend this movie. Though it is quite long for a comedy, it's also totally worth it. "The Five-Year Engagement" has a lot of charm to it and also has a very interesting metaphor tied into the plot. The film has a great story, a great cast, and should make for a great date night movie!

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Release Date:

27 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,610,060, 29 April 2012

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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