Film: The Five Year Engagement

The Five Year Engagement is a 2012 romantic comedy film directed by Nicholas Stoller and co-written by Stoller and Jason Segel. Stoller and Segel previously collaborated on Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

The Five-Year Engagement follows the engagement of Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt). Shortly after becoming engaged, Violet is offered a post-doctoral position at the University of Michigan, and she and Tom leave their lives in San Francisco so that she can take the job. Their relocation is the first of many obstacles standing in the way of Tom and Violet's "perfect" wedding.

The Five Year Engagement provides examples of:

  • Adorkable: Tom is played by Jason Segel, so this is to be expected. Violet has her moments as well.
  • Agony of the Feet: Tom ends up losing his big left toe to frostbite.
  • Altar the Speed: Multiple times for multiple couples.
  • All-Star Cast: As far as internet-beloved TV comedies go. Jason Segel, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Mindy Kaling, Chris Parnell, and Brian Posehn, just for starters.
  • Annoying Arrows: Zig-zagged. Violet is struck in her thigh and reacts to the extreme pain, but Tom is able to remove the arrow by yanking it out (without copious amounts of blood), and Violet suffers no long-term ill effects.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Ming and Vaneetha
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny! : In a hilarious sequence, Audrey is implied to fit this trope. Mostly done to highlight the age difference between her and Tom and how ill-fitted they are for each other. And, you know.
    • Tom also qualifies when he gets distracted from watching Alex and Suzie's daughter by a funny cat video. He also apparently has a habit to leave his crossbow on the kitchen table. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Beard of Sorrow: One of the signs of how miserable Tom is in Michigan is the awful sideburns/handlebar moustache combo he grows.
  • Beta Couple: Alex and Suzie.
  • Black and Nerdy: Doug.
  • Book Ends: The red ring box.
  • Cake Toppers: To show exactly how Altar the Speed is accomplished Tom and Violet have to take a non-purchased cake from a Korean couple with Korean Cake Toppers.
  • Career Versus Man: played with, discussed and subverted through the movie.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Violet's experiment with the old donuts, with the people who eat the stale donuts being people who are "screwups," as Winton puts it. Violet later confesses to Tom that when she saw him eating old donuts, she knew it was over. When she catches herself eating old half-eaten donuts, she realizes her own life is off track
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Ming and Tarquin
  • Dumb Blonde: Audrey
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The movie is about Tom and Violet's engagement. It lasts for five years.
  • Fake Brit: American Alison Brie as the quite British Suzie.
  • Fingore: Chef Sally needs a doggie bag for her finger.
  • For Science!: Ming's "prank" research project is to pretend people are volunteering for a sleep study, cover them in fake blood and feathers, put a gun in their hands, and scream them awake. When prompted for a motivating hypothesis, he simply responds "I just want to see what would happen." He later does this "experiment" for real.
  • Grand Romantic Gesture : Tom at the beginning of the movie with his romantic proposal and Violet at the end.
  • Hard on Soft Science: While the film generally tries to portray Violet's academic work as a serious endeavor, a lot of laughs are taken at her field's expense. When the senior staff are trying to brainstorm projects for a research grant (and haze Violet), they all throw out outlandish ideas that seem absurd, but are convincing enough to Violet. And apparently all of Doug's thesis involve masturbation.
  • Hidden Depths: Alex sings beautifully in Spanish
  • Home Made Sweater From Hell: One of Bill's hobbies.
  • House Husband: Bill, one of Tom's new Minnesota-based friends. Tom's also afraid of becoming this trope.
  • Informed Judaism: Tom is Jewish, but very secular. Amusingly, when Tom and Violet try to get married the first time, they pick the rabbi of the local Chabad to officiate, lying about Violet being Jewish, who takes their rehearsal dinner as a chance to encourage them to raise their children Jewish SO THEY CAN SAVE ISRAEL FROM THE THREAT OF THE ARAB! (In real life the Chabad movement is indeed opposed to any sort of land concession to the Palestinians, although they aren't as...fervent in this belief as the rabbi is)
  • Inherently Funny Words: "peonies"
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Tom fakes one. Badly.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility : Suzie gets pregnant after sleeping with Alex once. They later get married.
  • Le Parkour: Winton uses it to escape from a pursuing Tom
  • Naked People Are Funny: Jason Segel's bare butt makes a few appearances, always played for laughs.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Alison Brie's accent slips a few times, one suspects that she had Inelegant Blubbering during the wedding to hide issues with the accent.
  • Skip to the End: The justice of the peace gives an even shorter wedding speech than he expected.
  • Supreme Chef: Tom, with appropriate Food Porn when invoked.
  • Shotgun Wedding : Suzie and Alex.
  • The Unpronounceable: Winton's dog, Gwyrth
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal : Violet: "I've dreamed about those receipts since I was a little girl."
  • Written by Cast Member: Jason Segel co-wrote the script with director Nick Stoller.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Violet and Tom technically both do this, but it doesn't go as far as it could have in either case.