3 quick reviews of 3 DVD-released comedies


“The Five-Year Engagement” can be heartbreaking at times, but it’s also full of laughs. Jason Segel and Emily Blunt play a couple engaged for five years, and “The Five-Year Engagement” tracks the ups and downs of pre-marriage. Comedies about far-out concepts can be good, but comedies about life can be better. This is the latter. One beef: it runs for over two hours, and it covers a lot of ground. It could have done with less. LAUGH RATING 6.5/10


“Wreck-It Ralph” deserved the Oscar for Best Animated Picture in 2012. It had more memorable life lessons than “Brave.” It could hold an audiences attention better than “Brave.” And it was hilarious. Full of both childish and adult humor. It’s a great, great animated movie. It’s a great movie period. LAUGH RATING 7.5/10


“This Is 40” is another of those life comedies. Nothing is out of the realm of possibility, but everything is in the realm of hysteria. Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann are back in the “Knocked Up” almost-sequel. They’re turning 40. And it’s not as easy as they’d hoped. They give the audience a ton of laughs, but it’s Albert Brooks as Rudd’s dad that really gave me the chuckles. His complaints about Rudd’s three young brothers are hysterical. John Lithgow, as Mann’s long-absent dad, is comical too. It’s his businesslike persona that makes his comical lines so much funnier. And the script is funny. I think I’ve used all the synonyms for “funny.” LAUGH RATING 7/10

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