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1 and 1/2 out of 4 stars
Unfortunately, "The Five-Year Engagement" felt like it was five years long. The story just dragged on and the timeline didn't really make sense. There was a little girl in the movie who didn't age over the span of at least three years.
I didn't care about the characters at all. They both seemed immature and selfish and I couldn't figure out why anyone would want to marry either of them. There were some laughs, but not enough.
This one is a definite DVD-only movie -- it's not worth the price of admission.
-- Laurel Grams, Lawrenceville
2 and 1/2 out of 4 stars
This movie is a true enigma with laugh-out-loud lines and gags with boring gaps of dialogue that defy any logic or reasoning. It seems the writers were a band of geniuses and idiots and they kept the script intact, which undermines the movie's overall effectiveness.
Nevertheless, the two main stars, Jason Segel (Tom) and Emily Blunt (Violet) work so hard in trying to create a good work. They are admirably supported by a very good supporting cast, especially Tom's best friend Alex (Chris Pratt), who adds a lot of charisma and style to the flick.
However, with a lot of disjointed humor and backsliding, the movie cannot find complete traction. But the movie clearly has one secret weapon despite it all, and this is the engaging presence of Blunt, who is a mesmerizing actor to say the least. Her pace and looks are unmistakably special indeed.
It's a killer rental that you can resonate with, but spare the urge to see it right now.
-- Rick Wright, Auburn
2 out of 4 stars
This was an enjoyable and romantic comedy about a couple that had decided to get married, but kept putting off due to a new job transfer to the snowy Michigan state that was only to last two years, but ended up lasting several more. The husband Tom (Jason Segel) was completely miserable working at a small deli, but kept his anger and boredom to himself, until he finally cracked. The couple split up for a awhile, but predictably ended up getting back together.
There was quite a bit of silliness between the two main characters, Segel and Emily Blunt, as well as a pretty good list of other stars in the movie.
I think they could have made it even funnier than they did. If you haven't seen it yet, just wait until you can rent it.
-- Kelly Cain, Lawrenceville