For a while, I used to believe stars when they said their movie was hilarious, fantastic, bloody brilliant, the greatest thing since the last greatest thing I did, etc. But then I became jaded and cynical and realized they’re trying to build up positive word of mouth for their film. Yay awareness!
To head back to elementary school for a while, they talked the talk. But they couldn’t walk the walk.
Except when Jason Segel talks the talk, I actually think he can walk the walk. And chalk the chalk. And ad-hoc the ad-hoc? Ok, I’ll stop. He recently told EW that he think his next film, Five Year Engagement, could join the romantic comedy ranks of Annie Hall and When Harry Met Sally. At least, that’s his hope. And honestly, I believe him. Forgetting Sarah Marshall showed a redeeming pathos that his next film could build upon to create a romantic comedy classic worthy of Woody Allen and Rob Reiner.
The film’s premise sounds like it has the potential to meet those standards anyway. “(It) dissects relationships and aims to show how complicated they are over a long period of time. This is a five-year period and in that time things change and morph and the power dynamic shifts and people wane and eyes wander and you question everything” he said. That's great and all, but what’s it about exactly? “It’s about that in a funny way, I hope.” Oh, that clears it up. I’m sold. Continue you on your merry way walking the walk Mr. Segel.