My first reaction to commercials for The Five-Year Engagement was that this movie seems like another one of Jason Segel’s quirky films like Forgetting Sarah Marshall or I Love You Man. But while Jason Segel’s writing and acting is funny, this was just another typical romantic comedy.
Typical romantic comedies, such as this, include a lot of sexual humor that seems to take it further and further each time a romcom is made. It becomes more and more graphic and blunt when dealing with sex, which I suppose, settles nicely with its modern-day romcom demographic.
Also, these romcoms tend to have an overly happy ending; so it shouldn’t spoil anything by saying that it uses the predictable “everyone finds love” in the end. Besides the negative parts being its predictable moments and slightly over-the-top sexual humor, as far as romantic comedies go, this one is all right.
Given that I’m not the standard demographic for romcoms, I didn’t expect myself to actually dive into the plot as I did. I was caught off-guard on more than one occasion. When I saw the trailer, I thought that Jason Segel wearing a bunny costume was just him being quirky. I have always liked Segel’s humor, but that one bunny suit scene that enticed me to watch this movie was one of the most depressing moments in the film. It was like the very worst parts of Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Changes like this made me wonder why I, a 21-year-old guy in college, even went to go see it. But as it turned out, there were other elements that I ended up liking about it.
After that initial shock hit me, I was somewhat trapped in a romcom, but the movie got a lot better. Yeah there were some girly jokes throughout, and it was based on a relationship, but Jason Segel brings a new kind of humor to comedies of all types. My favorite lines were from when he was buying flowers and gets off topic about black peonies and white peonies. Chris Parnell always makes me laugh.and I’m glad he was cast in this.
On the other side of things, Emily Blunt’s character really grew on me. In one of the scenes, she and Alison Brie had a very adult conversation in front of children while using the voices of Elmo and the Cookie Monster. This scene had the entire theater laughing hysterically.
One thing I really like about this is the plot, and it makes me think that it’s very realistic. It tackles a very real situation in a relationship where the two are being pulled separate ways. The movie asks, “What do you do if one person has a great job here, and another has a great opportunity 500 miles away?” This aspect applies to a lot of couples out there. The fact that many people are forced to ask this question makes it more realistic and identifiable to its audience.
There are lessons that can be learned and laughs to be had through most of the movie. The fact that it’s a romantic comedy doesn’t necessarily make it a “chick flick.” For those guys out there with girlfriends picking the movie for date night, The Five-Year Engagement is very tolerable. Jason Segel, with added help from Chris Parnell and Brian Posehn, is entertaining, to say the least. The romantic side of things adds a sense of realism with very likable characters. Overall, this is a pretty enjoyable film.