|Directed by:||Nicholas Stoller|
|Written by:||Jason Segel|
|Cast:||Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Rhys Ifans, Mindy Kaling, Chris Parnell, Jacki Weaver|
The last time Stoller and Segel teamed up we got ourselves one hell of a hilarious and heartfelt romantic comedy which brilliantly matched side splitting characters with emotionally invested situations. The Five Year Engagement, much like the titular Engagement between Segel and Blunt, is stretched far too thin and spends too much time trying to build a dramatic relationship with some ridiculously cheesy attempts at humor. Not consistently funny enough to be a comedy and not serious enough to be a drama, the Five Year Engagement finds itself in romantic comedy limbo.
Segel and Blunt are both incredibly charming in their respective roles, however their relationship just feels too good to be true. Sure it takes some unexpected turns near the end of the film but their characters just come off flat and uninvolved. Same goes for the supporting cast, which played a huge part in both Sarah Marshall and Greek. Here, there's really not many outlets to keep the story moving along.
Obviously things happen in long term relationships and this film makes a noble effort at capturing a somewhat realistic snapshot at what it's like to take that next step into marriage but the film is just so underdeveloped that once they finally make it, it's kind of hard to care. You knew they were going to from the start and with all this unnecessary filler in an overly long comedy as it is, you just can't really leave the film with a burning desire to watch this again anytime soon.
And while this review probably comes off as overly negative, I did enjoy some of the comedic bits here and there. And like I said, Segel and Blunt are infinitely charming. As well as Allison Brie. But ultimately this film is just too uneven and passion-less to endure the way Stoller's first two comedies have. Well okay, maybe Get Him to the Greek hasn't necessarily "endured" as much as FSM has but it's still a hell of a lot funnier than this was.