Since it was raining and cold and windy yesterday I decided to take shelter inside a movie theater where it was warm and there was popcorn and pop and movies. And since I like the comedic stylings of Jason Segal, I decided upon “The Five-Year Engagement.” Segal, you will recall, starred in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” and his daytime job is some TV show with the guy that used to play Doogie Howser. Anyway, his indifference to most things makes me laugh and he seems like the kind of guy that I would want to sit down with and have an Orange Julius.
“Five-Year Engagement” is slightly better than I thought it would be. There are more than a couple of laugh out loud moments and some very humorous bits. The premise is good and many of the issues tackled in the movie are very real. Most movie goers will identify with one or more of the characters.
Towards the end of the movie, the pace slows down and some seriousness prevails. That might be a good time to go to the bathroom or call your parents. For some reason the running time is a shade over two hours. I could have easily cut fifteen minutes out of the film if anyone had asked me. Alas, they didn’t.
My recommendation is that most of you would like this movie. Probably 75% of you.
As for the jab taken at the great state of North Dakota? It was pretty funny. I consider it an honor that they took the time to include us in their little movie.
I ate some popcorn and drank a lot of Diet Mountain Dew. I also smuggled in a bag of Peanut M and M’s. I didn’t count, but I think there were less than 15 in the bag. What’s up with that?
The Five-Year Engagement: 3 out of 5 stars.