‘The Five-Year Engagement’ desperately needs more laughs

Jason Segel, Emily Blunt and Rhys Ifans in ‘The Five-Year Engagement

I’m a big fan of Emily Blunt.

I became a big fan of Jason Segel’s after his recent work in Jeff, Who Lives at Home.

I’m a big fan of director Nicholas Stoller, after Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek.

So what the heck happened to their newest collaboration, The Five-Year Engagement?

I’m still wondering, more than a day after leaving the auditorioum as I shook my head over what I’d just seen.  The problem is, I went to see a movie marketed as being “from the producer ofBridesmaids, and this just wasn’t nearly funny enough.

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‘Jeff, Who Lives at Home’ is a rare gem

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Starring: Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon, Judy Greer
Director(s): Jay Durplass and Mark Durplass
Writer(s): Jay Durplass and Mark Durplass

Jason Segel and Ed Helms co-star in 'Jeff, Who Lives at Home'
Jason Segel and Ed Helms co-star in ‘Jeff, Who Lives at Home’

This is the first film by the Durplass brothers that I’ve seen, something I intend to rectify quickly after watching Jeff, Who Lives at Home.   It is a wonderful film, coming oh so close to the magic that generates a four popcorn rating.

Starring Jason Segel as the titular “Jeff,” who currently resides in the basement of his mother (Susan Sarandon as “Sharon”), and Ed Helms as “Pat,” his somewhat happily married brother, Jeff, Who Lives at Home is a film set on Sharon’s birthday.

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