Jason Segel is seeing his star rise higher than ever thanks to his revival of The Muppets, but the comedic actor from camp-Apatow has previously left his mark on the big screen, in films like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and I Love You Man. Segel will next headline the comedy The Five-Year Engagement alongside Emily Blunt – a comedic look at the often-treacherous journey that a couple makes to the alter of marriage.
The film is being directd by Segel’s frequent collaborative partner Nicholas Stoller (Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek) and includes a cast of familiar faces from the big and small screens, including Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation), Alison Brie (Community), Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom) and Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man). Check out a brief synopsis for the film below:
From the filmmakers that brought you Bridesmaids, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Knocked Up, THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT takes a hilarious look at an engaged couple that keeps getting tripped up on their long walk down the aisle.
Now check out the trailer for The Five-Year Engagement:
Don’t be fooled by the lack of laughs in that trailer – this looks like one of those Apatow-house creations that is going to be much heavier on sentiment than raunchy comedy. It reminds me of the Adam Sandler/Apatow collaboration, Funny People, which was marketed as a team-up of comiedic heavyweights, but was actually a much more earnest, serious, movie about the lives of comedians.
The Five-Year Engagement could end up being a smart and earnest look at relationships and the struggles couples go through to be together (see: Like Crazy) – but if people get the impression that they’re in for sex jokes and morbid humor (i.e., old people dying) then they could end up being disappointed.
The Five-Year Engagement will be in theaters on April 27, 2012