The Five Year Engagement

Thursday, September 27, 2012
Jason Segel, Emily Blunt

“The Five Year Engagement” is a movie about love and perseverance.   The main characters, Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) become engaged.  He is a chef in San Francisco; she gets accepted to grad school at the University of Michigan, delaying their wedding plans.  Tom agrees to follow Violet to Ann Arbor and thus begins the adventure.  Violet fits right in to life at the U.  She thrivesunder the tutelage of the suspiciously charming Prof. Winton Childs and makes new friends with her crazy study group. Tom, on the other hand, flails mightily in trying to fit into his new surroundings, eventually landing a lowly job at a sandwich shop (Zingerman’s Deli) and turning into a grizzly-looking house-husband who takes up hobbies like deer hunting and sweater knitting.  For anyone who is familiar with Ann Arbor you will find this movie more engaging as it was shot on location.  The movie also pokes fun at the world of academia and university politics.  Most of the supporting cast is hilarious and the dialogue is filled with humor and emotion.  Not a movie for kids, this is a mature chick flick movie.   

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