It's funny, yes, but also depressing, like watching the mating habits of mollusks.
"I Give It a Year" is a smart farce that would make Hugh Grant and his fans proud.
| Original Score: 3/4
The big laughs compensate for the lack of a suitable emotional payoff.
You might not want to stick by it in sickness and in health, 'til death do you part, but it's a reasonable enough companion for a night out at the cinema.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Mazer's previous onscreen experience is undeniably obvious. No penis is left unfilmed, no crude scene prevented from going on far too long.
| Original Score: 2/4
Mazer, a Sacha Baron Cohen collaborator, directs this comedy without much snap, crackle or pop.
In addition to some trite set pieces, writer-director Dan Mazer serves up nothing more than conspicuous cynicism masquerading as comedy.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The tonal clash is jarring, and Mazer doesn't help matters by erring on the side of blandness.
Can a comedy be too funny for its own good?
[VIDEO ESSAY] As a premise, a doomed marriage sounds like a no-brainer: you can pile on outrageous episodes of slapstick, physical comedy and biting wit. Unfortunately, "I Give It a Year" is a no-brainer.
| Original Score: C-
It's not romantic in the slightest, and it is quite comedic on occasion, but the parts don't fit together at all.
A fun, amusing, will-they-or-won't-they confection -- a love rhombus wherein a hastily married couple grapples with mutually wandering eyes.
| Original Score: B
As pure comedy, it's a hoot.
While individual actors can be amusing, especially among supporting players, "I Give It a Year" is thoroughly tone deaf. I wouldn't give it five minutes.
| Original Score: D+
Turns the romantic comedy on its head by utilizing a simple and effective formula that blends parody and affecting relationship dramatics.
A smutty script and a passel of objectionable characters form an imperfect rom-com union - one that will, with any luck, fade from the mind long before its title suggests.
| Original Score: 2/5
Whatever attachment we might form for the characters or their fates gets lost in thickets of farce and barrages of one-liners.
It's rather close to excruciating.
There's some very funny stuff on the margins, but overall it's pretty weak.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
"I Give It a Year" holds a special place in film history. It's the only romantic comedy where you root for the main couple to get a divorce.
| Original Score: 4/5