Weddings have given Hollywood excellent source material in the last few years and I was expecting The Five-Year Engagement to be a breakthrough film. But I thought it was a letdown.
On paper, the film seems to be perfect: It's produced by rom-com auteur Judd Apatow, it features terrific lead actors in Jason Segel and Emily Blunt (who were paired together in Gulliver's Travels), and my list of favorite comic side kicks (Chris Platt, Alison Brie, Kevin Hart, Rhys Ifans, Mindy Kaling). So what the heck happened?
I felt the film took its premise to heart too seriously (i.e., a prolonged engagement) and it manifested in a protracted story that feels too stretched out. Worse, it seemed like the creative folks were trying to stuff the five years with too many fillers.
The Five-Year Engagement should have been many great things, but in the end, it became a marginally enjoyable film to be shelved underneath the photo albums in your basement.
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