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Dome Pondering Movie Review: The Five Year Engagement (2012)

What is it about?

After a quick engagement, Tom and Violet look to plan their wedding, but various events along the way continue to delay the event.

Who is in it?

Jason Segal - Tom Solomon

Emily Blunt - Violet Barnes

Chris Pratt - Alex Eilhauer

Alison Brie - Suzie Barnes-Eilhauer

Favorite Scene:

After babysitting, Tom and Violet leave Alex and Suzie's daughter alone who eventually gets her hand on a bow and arrow and shoots Violet in the thigh.

Favorite Quote:

Taco Customer: You're a white guy. You make tacos like a Mexican.
Tom Solomon: Thanks.
Taco Customer: Give me a hug.
Tom Solomon: Really?
Taco Customer: Give me a hug, now!
Tom Solomon: Alright.
Taco Customer: [goes in for the hug] Mmm. You smell like a taco.

Review:

The Five Year Engagement is the definition of a disappointing film. Seriously. The plot line is in-line with the recent depictions of emphasizing the comedy from some of life's hardships. It's a good plot, especially when considering the dynamic of long-term engagements, and of course, the intimate relationship.

However, this film suffers not from just overall quality, but sheer expectations. With a unique base-plot, and a tremendous host of stars and talent throughout the film, it just doesn't deliver. TFYE goes on a wild ride in the plot that really hurts the film, and is just too vanilla in it's overall attempt to entertain.

Again, with a cast that boasts talent from some of the common funny-flicks, one would have high expectations. But this one just falls flat from poor writing. Simple as that.

Not an overly terrible film, but not great. Wait for a rainy or sick day for this one. 

Grade: 2/5

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