The Five-Year Engagement (♦♦♦½)

Is it my impression or are this year movie choices dismal?

After dating for one year, Violet (Emily Blunt) and Tom (Jason Segel) get engaged, but due to Violet’s dreams of pursuing a career, their wedding gets postponed indefinitely when Violet is accepted for postgraduate studies at the University of Michigan and she and Tom decide to move there from California.

There’s good chemistry between Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, sweet chemistry actually, which should have been fertile ground for a magnificent romantic comedy. Instead, the story is too raunchy for its own sake.

There is plenty of profanity and vulgar situations to please the lowest standards some moviegoers seem to have; that is the kind of audience this film is directed towards. I’m not that kind of audience; I like “I’m dying for you” sort of romantic movies, soapy, at times corny, but well constructed stories that make you fall in love and believe in love. Despite Blunt and Segel’s best efforts, this is not that kind of romance or comedy.

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