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The Five-Year Engagement

Rated R 124 minutes 2012

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. With Rhys Ifans, Chris Pratt, and Alison Brie.

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Director: Nicholas Stoller

Producer: Judd Apatow, Nicholas Stoller, Rodney Rothman, Richard Vane and Jason Segel

Cast: Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Rhys Ifans, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Mimi Kennedy, David Paymer, Jackie Weaver, Jim Piddock, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, Randall Park, Brian Posehn, Chris Parnell, Dakota Johnson and Gina Ragnone

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