THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT(Universal, 2012) D: Nicholas Stoller, w/ Jason Segel, Emily Blunt. Rating: NNN; Blu-ray package: NNNN Rating: NNN
If somebody had shaken half an hour out of The Five-Year Engagement, it might have been a great movie. Jason Segel and Emily Blunt (see cover story, page 34) spark as lovers Tom and Violet. There are lots of jokes, the cast is funny, and the idea of exploring a changing relationship over five years is solid.
Ambitious San Francisco chef Tom moves to Michigan with Violet because that's where her only career-advancing job offer is, but he can't find decent work there, so he goes to seed and tries to hide his resentment.
It's an engaging story, but the jokes get in the way. Every scene makes its point, then hangs around for a few more needless gags that kill the pace and oversell the themes.
More jokes fill up the generous extras package; the making-of docs offer fascinating on-set material.
EXTRAS Theatrical and unrated versions, cast and crew commentary, three making-of docs, gag reel, more. English, French, Spanish audio and subtitles.