Film Review: The Five-Year Engagement

The Five-Year Engagement directed by Nicholas Stoller (Apatow Productions, R, 124 minutes) Starring Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt, and Alison Brie. What Makes Something Good? Is a hot wing tasty if it is sufficiently spicy? Is a murder mystery novel good so long as the murder is mysterious? Is a comedy good if it’s funny? My inability to answer this last question perfectly summarizes my thoughts on The Five-Year Engagement. Billed as a comedy, the movie executes; it is extremely funny. But is it good? I wish I knew. Another Romantic Comedy As a story, The Five-Year Engagementarises from the romantic comedy cookie-cutter-plotline: Couple meets. Couple experiences good times. Couple hits a rough patch. Couple works everything out. In… Read More →