The week in film(s)

The Week in Film(s) Six weeks ago, “21 Jump Street” opened and had one week of opportunity before being trampled at the box office by “The Hunger Games.” This week’s one week success story is likely to be “The Five Year Engagement” – which isn’t the only big opening of the week, but is the best of a crop destined to be ploughed under by “The Avengers” (on May 4th). It’s a fun enough romantic comedy starring Jason Segal and Emily Blunt (who is better currently in "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen") as a couple who come fairly close to marrying several times, only to find circumstances repeatedly stacked against them. He’s an up and coming chef with an established career in San Francisco and she’s searching for jobs teaching psychology in a university. This causes difficult decisions to be made when she’s offered a post-doctoral research position in Michigan – which would make for an uncomfortably long commute for him. “The Five Year Engagement” is co-written by Segal and Nicholas Stoller (they were writing partners on the recent “The Muppets”), who also directed. Stoller previously directed “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Get Him to the Greek.” Segal starred in three of those titles and produced three, and is rapidly becoming a successful mini-mogul in his own right – serving as Executive Producer (typically the financier) […]

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The week in film(s)

The Week in Film(s) Six weeks ago, “21 Jump Street” opened and had one week of opportunity before being trampled at the box office by “The Hunger Games.” This week’s one week success story is likely to be “The Five Year Engagement” – which isn’t the only big opening of the week, but is the best of a crop destined to be ploughed under by “The Avengers” (on May 4th). It’s a fun enough romantic comedy starring Jason Segal and Emily Blunt (who is better currently in "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen") as a couple who come fairly close to marrying several times, only to find circumstances repeatedly stacked against them. He’s an up and coming chef with an established career in San Francisco and she’s searching for jobs teaching psychology in a university. This causes difficult decisions to be made when she’s offered a post-doctoral research position in Michigan – which would make for an uncomfortably long commute for him. “The Five Year Engagement” is co-written by Segal and Nicholas Stoller (they were writing partners on the recent “The Muppets”), who also directed. Stoller previously directed “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Get Him to the Greek.” Segal starred in three of those titles and produced three, and is rapidly becoming a successful mini-mogul in his own right – serving as Executive Producer (typically the financier) […]

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