When most romantic comedies draw to a close, the couple at the heart of the story rides off into the sunset to live happily after. But as anyone who has ever planned a wedding can attest, life goes on, and the trip down the aisle is rarely so smooth sailing.
The ups and downs of juggling planning a wedding and life’s other commitments are explored to the extreme in “The Five-Year Engagement,” the latest film from the “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” team of Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller.
Tom (Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) are an amiable young couple who decide to tie the knot, but they quickly find their love isn’t the only factor in their impending nuptials. Violet gets a great job offer at the University of Michigan, so she and Tom relocate. But as what was supposed to be a temporary position grows into a full-time commitment, planning the wedding takes a back seat. The long trip down the aisle makes the couple question whether they’re meant to get married at all, albeit in a way that lends itself to plenty of comedic situations.
The marketing team behind this R-rated comedy is clearly pushing the movie toward a specific crowd, as the reminders that it’s from the producers of “Bridesmaids” will tell you. But if the trailer is any indication, the Segel-Stoller collaboration that helped make “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” so hilarious is enough to stand on its own.
Segel and Blunt make for an adorable onscreen couple, and they’ve both proven their comedic prowess in the past. And with “Parks and Recreation” and “Community” scene stealers Chris Pratt and Alison Brie in supporting roles, this movie has me sold.
“The Five-Year Engagement” opens April 27. Check out the trailer below.
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