I Give It a Year (2013)
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Since they met at a party, ambitious high-flyer Nat and struggling novelist Josh have been deliriously happy despite their differences. Josh is a thinker, Nat's a doer..but the spark between them is undeniable. Their wedding is a dream come true, but family, friends and even the minister who marries them aren't convinced that they can last. Josh's ex-girlfriend, Chloe, and Nat's handsome American client Guy, could offer attractive alternatives. With their first anniversary approaching, neither
Aug 9, 2013 Limited
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site
It winds up rather inelegantly shoehorning salty humor and abrasive sentiment into a genre template, but an above-average number of laugh-out-loud set-pieces compensate for the resulting wobbly narrative.
Even if the emotional mathematics don't quite add up, enough diversion is provided by pic's broader comic setpieces to paper over the cracks.
Makes an agreeable screen mess of emotions and impulses, carried largely by an ensemble clearly enjoying the opportunity to send up the foibles of coupledom.
As with Bridesmaids, Rose Byrne proves herself to be naturally funny, and the film is definitely cliche-averse: there is no way the story's final act would have survived the American test screening process.
It's hard to imagine ever laughing again after being steamrolled by this juggernaut of lameness.
Obsessed with how clever it thinks it is that it completely sinks the romantic comedy pirate ship it sets forth to be
Much like the original Death at a Funeral, it offers enough huge physically-driven laughs that it makes up for some of the lazier storytelling decisions.
Ultimately the film refuses to bust out of the conventional rom com template. Its plot is face-punchingly implausible, its characters straitjacketed by stereotype, and its humour terminally planted in extreme awkwardness and feeble frat-boy crassness.
Given the propensity here for being 'outrageous', it's nice that the central foursome of players are so appealing.
Its premise is an original and audacious one, but it ultimately gives way to all the cliches of the genre it is attempting to subvert.
Mazer's juvenile sense of humour simply isn't strong enough to give the film any balls
It was always meant to be offbeat, risqué and shocking in parts and in some ways it achieves its goal - sort of. But it could have been much better and might have got more bite (as well as truth) with another director
Mazer's wobbly quality control means that the viewer will be cringing too - Stephen Merchant, as Josh's boorish best friend, delivers a dismally unfunny best man's speech and his subsequent appearances in the story are even more toxic.
I Give It a Year deserves a much harsher sentence than the title suggests and without remission for good conduct.
( ... ) not one I'd recommend you take your mother-in-law to see for a treat - and you won't be buying her a digital photo frame any time soon either.
Audience Reviews for I Give It a Year
- Nat: I am not coming upstairs to your room.
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