The Five Year Engagement

Friday, September 30 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

The Five Year Engagement

JOY REVIEW

The Five Year Engagement is being marketed as another chick film romantic comedy with Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, who seem to be the go-to characters in this year’s romantic comedy genre. This one actually is a step above the usual. First of all, it’s better written, it’s better acted, it’s smarter, and it’s fresher. What it deals with is a couple who meets, are adorably cute, and decide to get married; and then other people sort of take over their momentum. She gets a great job. He moves to where she goes, which is at least modern, and all the complications, the real complications that occur in modern romances with grown up people. For some reason the director, with a tip of his silly hat to Judd Apatow, can’t resist the notion of a woman nearly cutting off her finger and inappropriate crude sex jokes, but still. It’s a little bit too long; it’s just over two hours. For this kind of genre, it should probably be about 90 minutes. But it does successfully, surprisingly enough, meld a very smart, thoughtful, almost feminist comedy with sort of frat boy humor.  Great supporting cast as well. Four stars.

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