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Five-Year Engagement

The Five-Year Engagement

Director: Nicholas Stoller

Cast: Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt


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A couple named Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) find their wedding plans interrupted by a number of disappointments and surprises over the course of five years, as Violet is forced to move to Michigan for school and Tom becomes frustrated by missed job opportunities in this romantic comedy from producer


A couple named Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) find their wedding plans interrupted by a number of disappointments and surprises over the course of five years, as Violet is forced to move to Michigan for school and Tom becomes frustrated by missed job opportunities in this romantic comedy from producer Judd Apatow. Nicholas Stoller directed from a script co-written by Segel, and the supporting cast includes Alison Brie, Chris Pratt, and Rhys Ifans.

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All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
One of the few things more difficult than being married is getting married. It's all but impossible to have a wedding where everything goes just the way the bride, the groom, their respective families, and their many friends want. Add in the inevitable emotional ups and downs that are heaped upon a couple while they try to make it to the altar and it's a wonder anyone actually ends up hitched. The Five-Year Engagement is a romantic comedy that follows one couple as they take an agonizingly long time to move from agreeing to get married to finally saying "I do," and it's that rare rom-com in which the problems the couple face are actually similar to what folks deal with in the real world. It's honest and sweet, and at the same time it's uproariously funny -- a combination you don't often find in one package. The Five-Year Engagement stars Jason Segel and Emily Blunt as Tom and Violet, a couple living in San Francisco. They meet cute on New Year's Eve, and one year to the day after they first saw one another, he proposes marriage. Violet eagerly accepts, and they begin making plans for their wedding and their future. However, fate throws a spanner into the works -- Violet was planning on getting her doctorate in psychology at Berkeley, but she's not admitted there, and after a number of rejections, she's finally accepted at the University of Michigan, some 2,300 miles away. Tom is initially happy for Violet, and he suggests they put the wedding planning on hold until they're settled into their new home in Ann Arbor and he finds a job, although some of their older relatives think they should get hitched right away. Tom's enthusiasm for their big adventure begins to cool when he learns he was up for a lucrative job at a new restaurant being opened by the same folks who run the eatery where he's a sous-chef, and he feels even worse when he ends up making sandwiches at an upscale deli in Michigan instead of running a kitchen. At the same time, Violet's academic career is a rousing success, and Winton (Rhys Ifans), the professor in charge of her project, invites her to stay on for a postdoctorate program. Violet accepts, but this sends Tom into a deeper spiral of depression, and when Violet decides to kick-start the wedding after discovering Winton is deeply attracted to her, it only ends up making matters worse. The Five-Year Engagement was directed by Nicholas Stoller, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Jason Segel; it's the second time Stoller and Segel have collaborated together, and it's a significantly funnier and more emotionally satisfying picture than their first project, Forgetting Sarah Marshall. While the film's blend of heart and rude humor bears the trademark of producer Judd Apatow, the wit is just a bit more refined in The Five-Year Engagement (don't worry, there's still enough lowbrow gags to satisfy fans), and the chemistry between Segel and Blunt is surprisingly potent, with her British charm blending well with his slobby bonhomie (although he never once seems out of place in the Midwest -- in fact, it feels like his natural environment). Stoller, Segel, and Blunt are also blessed with an excellent supporting cast, especially Chris Pratt and Alison Brie as Tom's slow-witted friend and Violet's sister, whose random hookup evolves into a happy marriage; Rhys Ifans as Violet's charismatic but slightly arrogant colleague; Brian Posehn and Chris Parnell as Tom's eccentric Ann Arbor buddies; and Mindy Kaling and Kevin Hart as two of Violet's more outspoken fellow grad students. The Five-Year Engagement is never short on laughs, but it also deals with the tough compromises and disappointments that are a part of a long-term relationship in a more realistic manner than the average Hollywood romance, and while the picture delivers a happy ending, Stoller and Segel aren't afraid to make both the audience and the characters work for it. The film's pacing becomes a bit erratic in the second act, and at a little over two hours the movie could stand to lose some flab. But The Five-Year Engagement is genuinely and consistently funny throughout, and even the moments that drag don't weigh it down; this is one of the most purely enjoyable romantic comedies to come down the pike in quite a while, and it's hard to imagine anyone who has ever struggled through the obstacles of trying to stay in love won't enjoy the film a great deal.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
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Special Features

More deleted scenes; More extended and alternate scenes; More gag reel; More line-o-rama; The making of: The Five Year Engagement; Feature commentary with filmmakers and cast

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Segel Tom Solomon
Emily Blunt Violet Barnes
Chris Pratt Alex Eilhauer
Alison Brie Suzie Barnes-Eilhauer
Lauren Weedman Chef Sally
Mimi Kennedy Carol Solomon
David Paymer Pete Solomon
Jacki Weaver Sylvia Dickerson-Barnes
Jim Piddock George Barnes
Eric Scott-Cooper B&B Manager
Dakota Johnson Audrey
Jane Carr Grandma Katherine
Clement Von Franckenstein Grandpa Baba
Michael Ensign Grandpa Harold
Madge Levinson Grandma Leonora
Murray Miller SF Wedding Barn Manager
Ellen Grubba Botanical Garden Manager
Mark Rademacher Priest
Kevin Yon Rabbi
Heather Mathieson Female Justice of the Peace
Rhys Ifans Winton Childs
Mindy Kaling Vaneetha
Randall Park Ming
Kevin Hart Doug
Kumail Nanjiani Pakistani Chef
Wajid Pakistani Chef
Gerry Bednob Pakistani Chef
Tim Heidecker Negotiating Chef
Molly Shannon Onion Chef
Brian Posehn Tarquin
Suzanne Kluce Deli Customer
Tracee Chimo Margaret
Chris Parnell Bill
Gina Ragnone Ashley
Kenneth Small Not Zach
Francesca Delbanco Cake Shop Owner
Stephanie Faracy Florist
Zoe Niemkiewicz Vanessa
Tyler Hamway Vaneetha's Date in Bar
Michele Messmer Band Manager
Fred Lindholm Bingo Caller
Richard Rector Randy
Aaron Lustig Michigan Rabbi
Chris Newman Used Car Lot Guy
Davone McDonald Taco Customer
Laurie Brown Professor Walch
Nicholas Delbanco Professor Delbanco
Corey John Fischer Male Justice of the Peace
Nicholas Totis Vaneetha's Boyfriend

Technical Credits
Nicholas Stoller Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Javier Aguirresarobe Cinematographer
Michael Andrews Score Composer
Judd Apatow Producer
Ellen Arden Makeup
Julie Berghoff Production Designer
Erick Donaldson Set Decoration/Design
Leesa Evans Costumes/Costume Designer
Ian Fox Camera Operator
Jason Segel Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Johnny Jos Art Director
Jonathan Karp Musical Direction/Supervision
William Kerr Editor
Justin Lang Set Decoration/Design
Michael J. Moore Asst. Director
Peck Prior Editor
Rodney Rothman Producer
Richard Vane Executive Producer
Lisa Yadavaia Associate Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Five-Year Engagement
1. Receipts
2. Engagement
3. Drunken Pig
4. Wedding Planning
5. Accepted
6. Job Hunt
7. Gwyrth
8. Hunting
9. Donut
10. Extended Stay
11. Lamb Chop Tom
12. Something Different
13. Fake Orgasm
14. Potato Salad
15. Significant Others
16. Poosh
17. Had to Be Said
18. Funeral
19. Wedding
20. End Credits


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