Film review | The Five-Year Engagement – Emily Blunt & Jason Segal spark well but their rom-com sputters

The Five Year Engagement - Emily Blunt & Jason Segal

Emily Blunt continues her conquest of Hollywood with an engaging turn opposite Jason Segal in this gently offbeat romantic comedy. Kicking off at the point where most rom-coms end, The Five-Year Engagement begins with San Francisco chef Tom (Segal) proposing to his English girlfriend Violet (Blunt), but before they can walk down the aisle fate throws a series of obstacles in their path, from the shotgun-wedding of Violet’s sister (Alison Brie) to the demands of getting her career as an academic psychologist off the ground. And when she lands a university job in snowy Michigan, the wedding gets put on ice… Directed by Nicholas Stoller (who collaborated with Segal on Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek), The Five-Year Engagement seems at times to have taken its title literally – it’s way too long. But though the pace sometimes drags, Blunt and Segal are amiable companions and, given the presence of Judd Apatow as a producer, the lack of gross-out gags makes a refreshing change.

On general release from Friday 22nd June.

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