Saturday, September 15, 2012

Reviewlet: Five Year Engagement

Wow. Favorite Rom Com ever. I don't think I've ever said that before. There are only a few works of fiction out there that made me think: wow, that's about my tiny random demographic (e.g. Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon, Judd Apatow's Role Models). Set between the Bay Area and U Michigan, this is the only movie I can think of that accurately portrays a academic lead, Emily Blunt (thanks in part to my academic behavioral economist Paige Marta Skiba friend who was interviewed for the movie that was originally going to be about behavioral economics). A rom-com about the two-body two career problem that so many of my friends face. The other lead, Jason Segal, is a chef, providing for lots of foodie references (even a Top Chef joke). The leads have great chemistry, and the problems they deal with smartly and with maturity feel all too real. The humor is a perfectly pitched Mindy Kahlins/How I met your mother-esque Funny-Strange tossed with Apatow style outre-ness. Watching it, I totally expected it to get a tepid reception (which it did), but for those facing these same issues, no other rom-com movie has resonated so much (we're talking as much as the Avengers). Final Grade: A+

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