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The Five-Year Engagement is a 2012 American romantic comedy film written, directed, and produced by Nicholas Stoller. Produced with Judd Apatow and Rodney Rothman, it is co-written by Jason Segel, who also stars in the film with Emily Blunt as a couple whose relationship becomes strained when their engagement is continually extended. The film was released in North America on April 27, 2012[2] and in the United Kingdom on June 22, 2012.[3]

The Five-Year Engagement
The Five-Year Engagement.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNicholas Stoller
Produced by
Written by
Music byMichael Andrews
CinematographyJavier Aguirresarobe
Edited by
  • William Kerr
  • Peck Prior
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • April 27, 2012 (2012-04-27)
Running time
124 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$30 million
Box office$53.9 million[1]



Tom Solomon (Jason Segel), a sous chef at a fancy restaurant, and Violet Barnes (Emily Blunt), a psychology PhD graduate, are a happy couple in San Francisco who get engaged a year after they began dating. Their nuptials get interrupted when Tom's best friend Alex Eilhauer (Chris Pratt) gets Violet's sister Suzie (Alison Brie) pregnant at Tom and Violet's engagement party and the two marry before Tom and Violet. Their nuptials get further delayed when Violet gets accepted into the University of Michigan's post-doctorate in psychology program which lasts two years. Tom agrees to move with her and delay their wedding until then. However, when he tells his boss, he becomes disheartened when she states she was planning on making him head chef at a new restaurant in town (Clam Bar).

In Michigan, Tom, after being ridiculed endlessly for giving up his head chef job in San Francisco to work in Michigan, was unable to find a suitable chef's position and had to settle by working at Zingerman's and taking up hunting with Bill (Chris Parnell), a fellow male faculty spouse. Meanwhile, Violet settles into her new job nicely under her professor Winton Childs (Rhys Ifans). She works in a team with Doug (Kevin Hart), Ming (Randall Park) and Vaneetha (Mindy Kaling). From what was supposed to be a prank on Violet by the others on research project ideas, Violet ended up being chosen by Winton to lead the research project. She bases her main thesis on people opting to eat stale donuts versus waiting for fresh donuts, associating impulse-control problems with personal and professional instability. In a casual talk with Winton over her save-the-date invitation, Violet discloses that she wishes "Tom were happier here". Winton advices her that she should not be guilty over what Tom is going through as she worked very hard to get where she is.

Tom and Violet's nuptials get delayed even further when Winton receives NIH funding with Violet's help, enabling him to extend her program for a few more years. While Violet receives the good news, Tom took over the baton of planning for their wedding since Violet was busy and she did the planning while they were in San Francisco. Violet was once again excited but bummed out over the thought of having to share the good news to Tom as it meant that they have to spend a couple more years in Michigan than what they had originally planned. Tom is visibly upset over the news as he stormed into their room upon hearing it. In the same night, Tom and Violet had a conversation over their circumstances. They had a fight over Tom's inexpressiveness of his unhappiness in Michigan but the fight was short-lived. In bed, Violet caresses Tom and said, "I know that things are complicated right now babe, just want both of us to be happy. Do you think we can do that here?" In which Tom responded, "No." In the meantime, grandparents of Violet start to die.

As years pass, Tom becomes increasingly disillusioned with his life, hunting life has overtaken him. He was no longer the Tom he once was. When Alex, Suzie and their daughter, Vanessa, went and visited Tom and Violet. They were distraughted over how new Tom has decided to live his life in Michigan. During dinner, Suzie and Alex revealed that Suzie is pregnant. Tom responded that he doesn't wish to have a baby, this news surprised Violet as they always wanted to have a child. Violet proposes to look after Vanessa for a night so that Tom can realize what great a father he could be. However, the night turns into a disaster as Vanessa shot Violet in her thigh with a crossbow Tom left on the dinner table. Alex and Suzie were frustrated and angry towards Tom with Alex reprimanding Tom, "It is a good thing that you don't want to be a father because you would be a terrible father." Overtime, Tom's downward spirals become evident to Violet when she sees him eat a stale donut. While at a bar with colleagues, a drunken Violet and Winton kiss each other which Violet immediately regrets. She then visits Tom at work and tells him she wants to plan their wedding now, to which Tom happily agrees. Tom cleans himself up and they make arrangements together. Everything goes well until Violet decides to confess to Tom about kissing Winton. Tom gets disillusioned about their relationship, which reaches a climax when Winton comes to Tom and Violet's rehearsal dinner to try to apologize. Tom rejects his apology and starts chasing Winton away, with Violet trying to catch up, but Winton gets away after Tom insists that he run or fight him. A drunken Tom then runs into Margaret (Tracee Chimo), one of his Zingerman's co-workers and has the chance to have sex with her, but opts out. He wakes up half-naked in the snow with a frostbitten toe, and he is taken to the hospital where the left big toe is amputated. Violet visits Tom at the hospital, before they call off their engagement once they arrive home.

After sometime, Violet starts a relationship with Winton and it was revealed that Violet often reminisces her relationship with Tom. As Violet's birthday rolled around, Tom sends an email wishing her happy birthday. He attaches a video of a ridiculous research experiment conducted by Ming on his friend Tarquin (Brian Posehn) which Ming proposed during the prank with the team. Violet calls Tom, who moves back to San Francisco and becomes a sous-chef under Alex at the Clam Bar, while also starting a relationship with the hostess Audrey (Dakota Johnson). He answers her call and they shared several awkward exchanges such as how their respective partners were in bed, etc. However, the friendly-awkward conversation took a turn as Tom asked Violet when she realized that their relationship was over. She brought up her stale donuts experiment and their very accurate findings which freaked her out. As it pointed out that Tom has emotional deficiencies and problems with commitment. This garnered a huge response from Tom who became extremely infuriated, he responded that "I think.. That is like the dumbest thing I have ever heard. You know what? I haven't said anything but your entire premise is bullshit... Would you like to know why? Because these imaginary new donuts that you offer people may never arrive. They are not real, me personally, am not the kind of person who wants to sit around and wait for something that might never arrive when they know that the thing they have in front of them is tasty, is good. You know what? It is not about the age of the donut it is about the flavor. BOOM... You know the other thing? The new donuts they're gonna get stale someday too and this is exactly what I did not want happen when I send that email." They ended the conversation as both of them became upset over how the conversation has ended. Tom started crying while he was chopping onions and was mocked by Alex. Tom then reveals he didn't know how he landed up where he was, visibly upset over what has happened with Violet. Alex fires him, telling Tom that he is the better chef and should open his own franchise. Tom launches a specialty taco truck which became very popular among the locals.

In Michigan, Violet receives an assistant professorship at the university, but she becomes upset when she learns she got the job because she was dating Winton rather than her abilities as a researcher and breaks up with Winton. While in San Francisco, after a lunch date with his parents, Tom becomes motivated to get Violet back and breaks up with Audrey. When Violet's last grandparent dies during the summer, Tom shows up at the funeral in England and rekindles his relationship with Violet. They agree to spend the remainder of the summer together in San Francisco, and they begin to reconnect while sharing an apartment and working side-by-side in the taco truck. While driving Violet to the airport, Tom says he can take his food truck to where she is and continue their relationship. Violet then made Tom who was driving at the time to stop at the side of the road and proposes to Tom, like how he did 5 years ago. She stated that they'll always have problems together, but that it shouldn't stop them from getting married. Tom reveals the engagement ring he gave her initially, stating he was planning on proposing to her at the airport. They both agree and head to Alamo Square Park where Violet has organized for their family and friends to be waiting for an impromptu wedding. Violet allows Tom to choose between various options for the officiant, clothing and music, and they finally get married.

Ending scene - Both Violet and Tom stand in front of the justice of peace, as they share their first kiss as a married couple while it flashes back to their first kiss when they first met at a New Year's Eve party. Movies ends with Alex and Suzie singing Cucurrucucu Paloma a song Alex serenaded Suize during their wedding on a horse carriage ride with the newly wedded couple.



Parts of the movie take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and scenes were filmed there and in nearby Ypsilanti in June 2011.[4][5]



The Five Year Engagement: Music From The Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedApril 17, 2012
GenreFilm soundtrack
LabelBacklot Music

The Five Year Engagement: Music From The Motion Picture is the soundtrack of the film. It was released on April 17, 2012 with Michael Andrews as composer and Jonathan Karp as Music Supervisor.

1."Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)"Dexy's Midnight Runners 
2."Jing Jing Jing (Jingle Bells)"United States Airforce Band 
3."Valerie"Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse 
4."Sweet Thing"Van Morrison 
5."We Didn't Start The Fire"Chris Pratt 
6."Simon Was"Petrojvic Blasting Company 
7."The Courage To Carry On"Aiden 
8."Call Me Up in Dreamland"Van Morrison 
9."Cucurrucucú Paloma"Chris Pratt 
10."Say You Know"Written by Hart/Dudas 
11."Bright Side of the Road"Van Morrison 
12."Baby You're On Your Own"The Steepwater Band 
14."Sheri"Stanley Turrentine 
15."Wandering"The Greyboy Allstars 
16."White Night"The Postelles 
17."End of a Spark"Tokyo Police Club 
18."When That Evening Sun Goes Down"Van Morrison 
19."The Chicken Dance"Written by Werner Thomas and Terry Rendall 
20."Into The Mystic"The Swell Season 
21."Don't Worry Baby"Los Lobos 
22."Crazy Love"Audra Mae 
23."Give Me A Kiss (Just One Sweet Kiss)"Van Morrison 
24."Cucurrucucú Paloma"Chris Pratt and Alison Brie 
25."Two Wrongz"Written by Da Diggler and I Ronic 


Box officeEdit

The Five-Year Engagement debuted at number 5 in the box office. It grossed $11,157,000 on its first weekend in US and Canada. As of May 20, 2012 it has grossed $27,068,000 in U.S. and Canada and $4,700,000 in Australia and New Zealand bringing to a total of $31,768,000. The movie's budget was $30,000,000.[6] As of June 21, 2012 its worldwide gross was $53,909,751.[6] The film was released on 22 June in the UK. By August it had grossed $7,743,125 in the United Kingdom.[7]


The review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 63 percent based on 170 reviews from the critics, and a weighted average of 6.16 out of 10. The website's "Critics Consensus" is that "[W]hile certainly overlong, The Five-Year Engagement benefits from the easy chemistry of its leads and a funny, romantic script with surprising depth and intelligence."[8] On Metacritic the film has a score of 62 out of 100 based on 38 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[9] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade B- on scale of A to F.[10]

Elizabeth Weitzman, a critic from New York Daily News wrote: "Blunt has never been more relaxed, and she and Segel have a believably warm chemistry."[11] Richard Roeper gave the film a grade of a B+, saying that it featured a "winning cast in an uneven but often brilliant and weird comedy."[12]


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  4. ^ Hinds, Julie (April 26, 2012). "Ann Arbor has starring role in new comedy 'The Five-Year Engagement'". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  5. ^ Griffin, Jordan (Jun 4, 2011). "'Five Year Engagement' shoots nighttime scene in Ypsilanti". Ann Retrieved 29 April 2012.
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  7. ^ "The Five-Year Engagement (2012) - International Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
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  10. ^ "Cinemascore". CinemaScore. Archived from the original on 2018-12-20.
  11. ^ "Movie Review: 'The Five-Year Engagement'". New York Daily News. 2012-04-27. Retrieved 2014-01-20.
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