We start where most movies end: A happy city-slicker couple pledge to spend the rest of their lives together, as a famous American landmark twinkles behind them.
From then on, Nicholas Stoller's weird, endearingly messy The Five-Year Engagement embarks on an uncharted circular voyage. Its two wistful, determined leads â€” Emily Blunt as grad student Violet and Jason Segel as sous-chef Tom â€” are caught in a Sisyphean premarital loop.
In the 1920s, it wasn't uncommon for the Gershwin Brothers â€” composer George and lyricist Ira â€” to have two shows running on Broadway at the same time. What's surprising is that this season, 75 years after George's death, it's happening again, with Porgy and Bess and Nice Work If You Can Get It.
It's no coincidence: Both shows were generated by the Gershwin estates, the nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews charged with looking after a legacy that's not only highly loved, but immensely lucrative â€” a multimillion-dollar-a-year responsibility.