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Film Watch - 281. The Five-Year Engagement

Published December 3, 2012

Fast Facts

Title: The Five-Year Engagement Director: Nicholas Stoller Year: 2012 Run time: 2hrs 4m

Background Info

The trailer for this one looked good, and I’ve liked Jason Segal in plenty of previous films (never the same when he’s not with Paul Rudd, though). After a pretty hectic weekend, we settled down to watch something that didn’t require much thought!

Live Blog

3:42 - The skit doesn’t even make sense! Points for effort, though. 4:57 - She actually looks quite a lot like Princess Diana, it’s quite freaky. 11:05 - Oh speeches, they are… cringeworthy. 17:45 - Bit of Skype branding there. 19:17 - “How are you supposed to pick a dress from a magazine? They’re all just white, and puffy and stupid.” 21:23 - Ooh, I love a chest bump in a wedding! 24:57 - Making a decision based on who would rather be the one doing the resenting is an excellent thing. 28:18 - Rhys Ifans! And being Welsh this time too. 34:01 - I don’t think you should do an experiment “just to see what would happen.” 35:48 - Gwyrth. 39:38 - There are a lot of hats in this film. I need more hats. 46:00 - “In half of an hour…” I’m going to start saying that. 48:00 - I do think I missed out the way we had our wedding - no cake-testing. 54:41 - Using metaphors in the middle of the night is always going to be confusing. 55:15 - “I don’t want you to go, I just want to be alone… with you here.” 1:02:41 - If you go out with a psychology person, how do you know they’re not doing studies on you all the time? 1:12:31 - Oh good, speeches again! 1:15:48 - “We’re all running on caveman software.” 1:22:10 - There’s a lesson in there about not having holes in your socks. 1:28:05 - “Toe-tally.” 1:35:31 - I get knocked down, but I get up again in North Dakota. It definitely didn’t go like that. 1:45:55 - This film is Four Funerals and a Wedding. 1:49:44 - There must have been some wrecked voices at the end of that scene. 1:53:35 - I love this… but also feel bad for the rejected options. 1:56:30 - I wish ours could have been that short. “Do you?” “Yes.” None of this rubbish talking.

Conclusions

This was good and amusing, quite original in some ways, and totally formulaic in others. There were moments where it was all a bit weird, and then others where it was genuinely laugh out loud funny. Emily Blunt has this offbeat way about her, interrupting and talking over other people - sometimes it’s sweet and seems realistic, other times it just gets annoying. The flow wasn’t quite right, but moments like the Elmo/Cookie monster conversation made up for it.

**Rating: **45

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