The newest installment from writer/director Nicholas Stoller follows a young couple played by Jason Segel and Emily Blunt through their five years being engaged.  Although The Five-Year Engagement comically falls short of Stoller’s previous film, Get Him to the Greek, it entirely makes up for it with its heartfelt realism and stellar cast.

Stoller teamed up again with writer/director/producer Judd Apatow to help achieve the perfect balance of comedy and drama that Apatow has mastered over the years.  Although the advertising has been primarily comedy-focused, this film was certainly driven by a sense of realism and heart.  The humor was merely woven into real-life dramatic situations that the couples encounter along the way.  Jason Segel and Emily Blunt so accurately portray their characters, that halfway through the film, it becomes almost like watching reality TV, only it’s much more enjoyable.

The story does a wonderful job of dealing with almost every problem a couple can have while still being believable and fluid.  Each dilemma is entirely familiar to anyone who has been in a serious relationship.  I found the audience laughing at simple things such as a look Segel gives Blunt, or a single line that they themselves have said numerous times to their spouse.  Segel certainly utilized his writing chops as the co-writer of this film and proved that his writing is not limited to fart jokes.  I believe Stoller achieved a level of compassion that may not have been planned, but he ran with it and created a film with depth and soul.

Stoller seemingly had his pick of any actor in show business when casting this film, because the cast and cameos were flawlessly executed.  Chris Pratt and Alison Brie were responsible for a large portion of the humor throughout the film with their roles as Segel’s best friend and Blunt’s sister.  With that being said, the supporting cast and cameos often stole the screen.  Stoller chose from many factions of the comedy world, using SNL greats like Chris Parnell and Molly Shannon, Stand-up heavyweights like Kevin Hart, Brian Posehn, and Kumail Nanjiani, and actor/writers Mindy Kaling and Tim Heidecker.  Stoller balanced it out with several great dramatic actors such as Rhys Ifans, Jacki Weaver, David Paymer, and Jim Piddock.  If all these actors and comedians watched paint dry for two hours, I’d enjoy watching them.  This is truly a cast that cannot fail with some exciting cameos as icing on the cake.

The Five-Year Engagement may not have been the gut-busting laugh-out-loud comedy that it is being advertised as, but I have faith that it will be recognized for being something much greater.  The realism and simplicity of the story make this film truly relatable and honest, two things that many films lack today.  I’m glad I didn’t get cold feet before walking down the aisle of the theatre and it took much less than five years for me to love this film.