It gets points for originality and daring before the first credit rolls. But that wouldn’t mean a thing if it weren’t also amusing. Which it is and then some.
What do moviegoers have to look forward to (or, perhaps, in some cases, dread) through the rest of May and into June, July, and August?
What gives writer-director Judd Apatow’s latest slice-of-life comedy its “oomph” is the sometimes brutal honesty on display in this exploration of marital struggle and parenting fumble.
“The Five-Year Engagement” is a charmer that aims for sustained amusement rather than knee-slapping hysteria and amounts to two hours of smart, agreeable entertainment.
This is a breezy, poignant, charming, and decidedly offbeat comedic fable about a day in the life of a dysfunctional family of three, each slightly damaged in a different way.
Kermit may be green with envy, Fozzie may find it hard to bear, and Miss Piggy may still be waiting for the oink to dry on her contract, but the missing Muppets haven’t missed a beat.
Gee, what do you think happens?
The easily offended should cut class and steer clear, while seekers of the outrageous may want to grab a desk near the front of the classroom.
Some adaptations are merely loose. This one is untied, untethered, and untoward.