The Five-Year Engagement: the wimp and the willowy

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Please tell me youll be mine, and how I should behave every moment for the rest of my life.
  • "Please tell me you'll be mine, and how I should behave every moment for the rest of my life."
Jason Segel is the ideal rom-com star for women who find Woody Allen too macho. In movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Bad Teacher, and now The Five-Year Engagement, Segel plays the sort of sensitive, considerate, moony, doughy everyman that most American women end up with (if they’re lucky). For the guys dragged along to see these movies, there's the implicit promise that being sensitive and considerate (if not moony or doughy) will score you a babe like Mila Kunis, Cameron Diaz, or Emily Blunt, respectively. Segel is a pretty funny writer, though, and this story of a promising sous chef who sacrifices his career in San Francisco to follow his girlfriend to Ann Arbor delivers a steady stream of character laughs, along with a rigidly formulaic plot and Segel's usual contrived and overblown ending.

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