‘The Five-Year Engagement’ Trailer Underwhelms, But Doesn’t Dash Hopes

The trailer for The Five-Year Engagement doesn’t make it look like a movie I’m too excited to see. Which is strange, because it’s not just the latest film from director Nicholas Stoller, it’s also his latest writing collaboration with Jason Segel, and I love pretty much everything that these guys do. I think the problem is that this one looks like it’s going to be a romantic comedy that’s a little bit heavier on the relationship drama than it will be on the comedy. I like my Jason Segel more silly and whimsical than the one I’m seeing here, dealing with the trials and tribulations of loving a woman who’s career path is taking his life in a different direction than he saw it going.

On the flip side of the coin, this little two-and-a-half minute trailer is pretty much the most comedy I’ve ever seen Segel’s co-star Emily Blunt do, and she seems to be rather good at it. Not every actor can do comedy, so you’re never sure what you’re going to get until they try. The image of Kate Hudson getting shot in the leg with an arrow really doesn’t do much for me, but when it happens to Blunt here I got my one solid laugh from the trailer. Emily Blunt certainly isn’t my issue. Check out the first trailer for The Five-Year Engagement after the break.

When I look over the supporting cast for this film, I see nothing but names that I love. This trailer gives us brief appearances from Jacki Weaver, Chris Pratt, Rhys Ifans, and Alison Brie (how dare you only give me two seconds of Alison Brie!), all people that are welcome additions to anything that I’m watching. When you add it all up, there isn’t any aspect of this movie that I don’t like on paper. And yet, the trailer has left me cold, like I’m watching a generic relationship movie that I’ll forget about a couple weeks after I watch it.

Hopefully this is just a case of lame advertising and all of the best bits are still out there for discovery. What do you guys think, does this get you excited for the next Stoller and Segel collaboration?

The Five-Year Engagement opens on April 27, 2012. [Yahoo! Movies]

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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