The Five-Year Engagement (2012)

The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
  • Time: 124 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Director: Nicholas Stoller
  • Cast: Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt


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?

One comment

  • I watched this movie, and at first found it rather dull. Then I realized that I was thinking about it with some pleasure. This movie gets many things right. The difficulties of a two-career couple ring true, particularly when one partner “trails” the other to a lesser job than he (in this case) could get on his own. I know a chef, and the difference between running a trendy restaurant and making sandwiches–no matter how revered the sandwich shop locally–is significant. Violet finds herself in a convincingly dead-end post-doc. The imposed misery of organizing a wedding these days makes one envy this couple’s resolution to that problem. To be sure, there are a few problems. The film drags at the end. There is one scene (the “Choose your cookie” scene) that made me want to scream, though it was essential to the plot. In short, this is an enjoyable film, a little bit better than it was generally considered to be, and is worth watching.

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