I’m Not Feeling the Love for the Trailer for Jason Segel in ‘Five-Year Engagement’

Friday, December 9, 2011
By Kevin Crossman

Don’t get me wrong. Jason Segel has had an amazing year, and is in strong contention for our award for Frat Pack Man of the Year. I happened to love his subtle supporting turn in Bad Teacher, and he single-handedly revived The Muppets to both great reviews and strong box office returns. Now, Segel is back with the trailer for his upcoming spring release Five-Year Engagement. The film is cowritten by Segel along with Nicholas Stoller, who is also directing. Producer Judd Apatow, apparently now known as “the guy who brought you Bridesmaids” (how soon they forget Knocked Up and Superbad, eh?), is producing and Emily Blunt is costarring.

Here’s the trailer for the film:


The director and writer/star of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” reteam for the irreverent comedy “The Five-Year Engagement.” Beginning where most romantic comedies end, the new film from director Nicholas Stoller, producer Judd Apatow (”Knocked Up,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”) and Rodney Rothman (Get Him to the Greek) looks at what happens when an engaged couple, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle. The film was written by Segel and Stoller.

All the elements seem to be in place, including the creative team behind Forgetting Sarah Marshall, my favorite romantic comedy of the last five years. So why am I not feeling the love?  This is the second time that Segel and Blunt have played against each other romantically, after 2010’s Gulliver’s Travels. I can’t say that I saw a lot of chemistry last time and I’m not sure I see it this time. I guess the main thing is that I didn’t laugh once during the trailer, which is kind of a problem since this is a comedy.

Of course, I didn’t love the trailers for Bridesmaids much either and that film seemed to do okay (though I only liked rather than loved it). I’ve heard the film has great buzz among those who’ve seen parts of it, so that is something to hold onto. It might also appear that Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) could be the scene-stealing supporting player that is always a requirement for a great romantic comedy. Segel has been doing great work and Stoller did a great job helming a completely different kind of sequel with Get Him to the Greek, so I’m still looking forward to the film.

What do you think of the trailer and chances for the film’s success? In the meantime, check out the faux-blog at www.tomandviolet.com.


3 Responses to “I’m Not Feeling the Love for the Trailer for Jason Segel in ‘Five-Year Engagement’”

  1. Chris

    I wasn’t impressed either. I need to see a redband trailer.

  2. Jack

    I love it

  3. Rod

    She was going to get married, but she took and arrow to the knee.

    The grandparents bit got me, other than that, meh


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