Getting to Know You

This week’s MSN DVD column takes a look at “The Five-Year Engagement”, a romantic comedy I quite enjoyed this past spring and have only grown sweeter on since.

Maybe that’s because I’m inordinately fond of Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt and Alison Brie — and don’t get me wrong, I absolutely am — but I think it has more to do with the way Segel and co-writer/director Nicholas Stoller give the characters the space to grow and evolve right in front of us. A movie that takes place over half a decade needs to understand that change is inevitable.

The central irony of “The Five-Year Engagement” is that Tom and Violet think everything will be fine if they just stick together and stay the same. But the movie knows that couples stay together so they can change together. That speaks to me, you know?

And in entirely unrelated news, Michael Clarke Duncan died on Monday. My NOW remembrance went up yesterday, but I didn’t have time to post about it. Yes. I’m that busy.

Leave a Reply