“The Five Year Engagement” stands by its title with a trying tale of the obstacle faced when trying to tie the knot. Tom Solomon (Jason Segel) is a successful chef who meets the girl of his dreams Violet Barnes (Emily Blunt). A year following their courtship he romantically proposes to her which she gladly accepts. Their engagement party is a hit and the couple looks forward to a future of love and happiness. From here things get a little complicated.
When Violet receives a job offer she can’t refuse to the University of Michigan the couple pack up their life in San Francisco and relocate for her to pursue her dream. Tom quickly learns that his success in San Francisco is not easy to find in Michigan and settles for a less appealing deli job. He begins to resent relocating and abating his dream of being head chef in his own restaurant. Eventually the tension builds which only causes a wedge between the couple.
As the months go by and eventually years the wedding plans keep getting pushed back. Neither party seems to have the motivation to plan the most important day of their lives. Everyone else around them seems to be moving forward with marriages and children being born, not to mention the loss of loved ones. Eventually the relationship becomes so strained that it may be too much to bounce back from.
“The Five Year Engagement” has very comical and endearing moments, but at the same time it is not a homerun comedy. Jason Segel and Emily Blunt had great chemistry and were comical riots paired together. The angst in the end left a sour taste in my mouth and I could feel the overrun of time spent in this drawn out engagement. Perhaps if they had cut a year off the engagement or skipped ahead I would have been more comfortable in the end. In conclusion it’s a cute story with some originality, but a little on the long side.