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There are some simple but hard truths that permeate The Five-Year Engagement. People’s lives don’t turn out the way they expected. A romantic relationship is more than a collection of feelings. Keeping it alive is difficult when two people find themselves in a situation in which the two people’s goals conflict. We’ve seen these truths repeatedly in romantic comedies, and the question is whether or not they seem honest. The screenplay by director Nicholas Stoller and star Jason Segel gets to that honesty by presenting an episodic view of a couple’s relationship throughout the years. At times sweet and at others profane, the film balances those two qualities well, and the cast, including Segel and Emily Blunt as the pair with the long engagement, is even more endearing than that balance. My review is here. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.
Jason Statham is an actor of limited range but seemingly limitless machismo and who possess more charisma than is really necessary for a man who spends a good portion of Safe beating people to a bloody pulp. Unfortunately, he has little of interest to do here. He has to protect a girl from various groups of bad guys. Sure, he drives a car really fast, shoots a lot of people, and gets into a fight here and there, but this is a product from an assembly line of formula, full of cutout characters and bits of dialogue that really must be heard to be believed. My review is here. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.