Great Movie about the Ups and Downs of Post-docs

I had such a great laugh yesterday I wanted to share with you today what it was about. My husband came home and said that he wanted to watch a movie. The movie is called: “5 year engagement”. Don’t be mislead by the title it has a lot to do with post-docs and the academic world. Check out the trailer here:

Beginning where most romantic comedies end, the film from director Nicholas Stoller, producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Rodney Rothman (Get Him to the Greek) looks at what happens when an engaged couple, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle.

Why this movie is so perfect for “Life in the Bay” is that this couple has such a long engagement because the women is an academic, she accepts a post-doc in Michigan and her fiancé accompanies her as a male spouse. They move from San Francisco to Michigan. Funny enough I know people who did exactly that.

For the first time I saw a movie where the director picked up the challenges of a couple in academia. He picks up many issues and joys I went through myself as a spouse in the Bay Area such as the complexities of finding a job, transition time, finding yourself in a new place, relationship issues, family, feeling home sick, the frustrations the accompanying spouses go through etc. It is a lovely comedy, which made me laugh out loud a lot.

When you are a spouse and your new life sometimes does not make sense or is rather frustrating, I suggest this movie is a great remedy to gain perspective and add a portion of fun back into your life.

For all the people who left California already, the movie has great scenery of San Francisco. Grab a bowl of chips and a glass of red wine and wallow in the past. Have a happy day.


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