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‘The Five Year Engagement’ trailer: Watch Jason Segel and Emily Blunt not get married

The stars of “The Five-Year Engagement.” (Katy Winn/AP; Michael Tran/Getty)

In it, Segel and Blunt play an affianced couple who, as the title suggests, keep postponing their wedding. That premise sounds typically rom-commy. But the trailer for the movie (viewable below) gives me some hope.

For starters, the film was written by Segel and Nicholas Stoller, and directed by Stoller. This is the same duo responsible for “The Muppets” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” and they’ve demonstrated that they have a feel for making upbeat movies that aren’t dippy and overly predictable.

Second, the trailer features Chris Pratt singing an inappropriate parody of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” And as we already learned from a past episode of “The Office,” riffs on that song are always funny.

Third, the clip also shows us “Community’s” Alison Brie adopting a British accent in the role of Blunt’s sister. Also, Oscar nominee Jackie Weaver plays their mother. Those two pieces of information alone make this endeavor worthy of attention.

Watch the preview for the movie, releasing in April, and see what you think.

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.

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