Looking for a hilarious romantic comedy for the week? ‘The Five-Year Engagement’ may or may not be what you’re looking for. Heavily advertised as a film from the makers of ‘Bridemaids’, ‘The Five-Year Engagement’ has naturally drawn comparisons to last year’s big hit. After all, both films star popular comedic talented, Judd Apatow produced both films and they center around an upcoming wedding.
In ‘The Five-Year Engagement,’ Jason Segel and Emily Blunt star as Tom and Violet, a couple living in San Francisco preparing to take the plunge into marriage. Tom is an assistant chef looking for a promotion while Violet continues her education as a psychology major. After Tom’s best friend Alex (Chris Pratt) and Violet’s sister Suzie (Alison Brie) announce that Suzie is pregnant out of wedlock, the two supporting characters decide they want to get married as soon as possible. This throws a wrench in Tom and Violet’s upcoming nuptials as they don’t want to compete. Chaos ensues between the couple and betrayal, arguments and a separation follow. Without spoiling the ending, I will say one can guess what will occur.
‘The Five-Year Engagement’ is geared towards an older audience, as it has obtained an ‘R’ rating. Much of the audience who caught ‘Bridesmaids,’ which includes both men and women from their early 20’s – late 30’s are expected to turn out for this rom-com. The film has garnered mostly positive reviews, with a 63% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Many of the critics enjoyed it, but as expected, compared it unfavorably to ‘Bridesmaids.‘ Generally, critics mentioned that there were less funny moments and that the film ran a tad bit long.
Perhaps most of the audience caught these reviews and the reception before heading to the film. It’s weekend gross was a disappointing $11 million. Box Office Analysts were expecting anywhere between $18 million – $25 million. On a $30 million dollar production budget, the film still stands a chance at passing that, but won’t make back the marketing budget for the film. Universal Pictures shouldn’t be worried, as ‘Battleship,’ ‘Snow White and the Huntsman,’ among may others are on their way. ‘The Five-Year Engagement’ is out in theaters now.