Tribeca opens with comedy "The Five-Year Engagement"

Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:33pm EDT
 
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hollywood comedy "The Five-Year Engagement" opened New York's Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday bringing some crowd-pleasing laughs and red carpet glamour to the event before audiences settle into 12 days of mostly independent cinema.

The romance starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, made by the same team behind hit "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," kicked off the festival which is entering its second decade with organizers promising a broad group of films from all regions of the world.

Segel and Blunt hit the red carpet for the movie in which they portray a couple discovering each other during a never-ending engagement. The film is directed by Nicholas Stoller, who co-wrote the script with Segel. The pair first teamed up with on the 2008 blockbuster "Marshall."

"This is how inertia can destroy a relationship," Stoller told Reuters. "They realize that they didn't know each other quite as well as they thought. It's about how an engagement can get in the way of a relationship."

Compared to "Marshall," the characters are slightly older and the male and female perspectives on love and relationships were equally represented, said Stoller. But his new film offers the same honesty as "Marshall" and "Get Him to the Greek," which he also co-wrote with Segel.

"We like things to be awkward and real like they are in real life. People don't often come out with the perfect phrase to explain a moment," he said. "That kind of awkwardness and reality makes for the best comedy because people can see themselves in the characters."

On the red carpet, Segel described the movie as "a lean mean comedy machine," and joked that, like his previous comedies, there were again plenty of scenes of himself nude in strange situations. "Sadly, sadly there is, yes," he said.

Blunt said another film in which she stars here at Tribeca, "Your Sister's Sister," is far different from the comedy opposite Segel, whom she described as a "good pal."   Continued...

 
Cast member Emily Blunt arrives for the premiere of the film "The Five-Year Engagement" to begin the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in New York, April 18, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson