Somewhere etched on a stone tablet are the Rules of Rom-ComsTM. All romantic comedies, it seems, must have an unlikely couple meet, fall in love, hit an obstacle and then reconcile just before the credits roll. "The Five-Year Engagement" is no different, but shakes up the formula with some dark comedy -- frostbite anyone? -- and two leads with charm and charisma to burn.
The darker touches helped separate this from the run-of-the-mill rom-com. Having said that, they also weigh down the midsection of the movie. Luckily, this isn't Kristen Bell (or worse yet, Katherine Heigl) and any other Standard Romantic Male LeadTM, but Blunt and Segel. They are the engine that keeps the movie moving forward. They are helped not only by comedian Brian Posehn but also "Community"'s Alison Brie, who is a scene-stealer. Watching her and Blunt have a grown-up conversation in Muppet voices is worth the long running time.
Though the movie could have used some trimming, it succeeds -- not because it follows the Rules of Rom ComsTM, but because it doesn't.
'The Five-Year Engagement'
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Cast: Emily Blunt, Jason Segel