I Give It a Year (2013)



Critic Consensus: It's nowhere near as inventive as its reverse rom-com premise might suggest, but I Give It a Year is disarmingly frank -- and often quite funny.

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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 wants to be the first to give up, but will they make it? (c) Magnolia
R (for sexual content, language and some graphic nudity)
Art House & International , Comedy , Romance
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Anna Faris
as Chloe
Rafe Spall
as Josh
Alex MacQueen
as Minister
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Critic Reviews for I Give It a Year

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (18)

"I Give It a Year" is a smart farce that would make Hugh Grant and his fans proud.

Full Review… | September 5, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
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Mazer's previous onscreen experience is undeniably obvious. No penis is left unfilmed, no crude scene prevented from going on far too long.

Full Review… | August 22, 2013
Toronto Star
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In addition to some trite set pieces, writer-director Dan Mazer serves up nothing more than conspicuous cynicism masquerading as comedy.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
Washington Post
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The tonal clash is jarring, and Mazer doesn't help matters by erring on the side of blandness.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
Boston Globe
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Can a comedy be too funny for its own good?

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
Miami Herald
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It's not romantic in the slightest, and it is quite comedic on occasion, but the parts don't fit together at all.

Full Review… | August 13, 2013
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Audience Reviews for I Give It a Year


A solid twist on the rom-com genre. Very good romantic comedy! This was just a breath of fresh air. It's a funny, witty, exquisitely entertaining, and has something for men and women to enjoy. The situations the characters find themselves in seem entirely natural and not forced which only makes them funnier and everyone done a really good job comically. I Give It a Year also concludes in a perfect way and one that stays true to the same awkward, sardonic tone the rest of the film adopts. To say it slaps in the face every film that wraps up with someone literally running to the airport last minute to proclaim their eternal love would be an understatement. A closer approximation would be that it puts those offerings in a sleeper hold and squeezes out every ounce of maddening cliché. It's satisfying, funny and refreshingly direct. This act is preceded by what is also one of the best "reunion" speeches I've ever heard. I won't spoil anything as to how it unfurls but it too is cooling in its candidness. Newlywed couple Nat and Josh are deliriously happy despite their differences, though friends and family aren't convinced that they can last. With their first anniversary approaching and attractive alternatives in the mix, can they last?

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

A fun evening watching other people's blind choices. Makes me feel better about my own. Not marriage-wise,that's rock solid, but choices that involve trusting my first instincts about people which are invariably wrong. In fact, I should probably make a rule that if I like someone immediately, it means they're an entertaining sociopath and just walk away and if I find someone boringly normal, get the contact information like right away and let the collaboration begin! Back to the movie: what I really liked about it is that everyone was trying to behave in a moral way even though they knew they screwed up by not fighting for what they really wanted.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer


Not bad. A few laughs. Just the digital photo frame scene was worth watching for. Josh and Nat aren't all that convincing as a couple, but I guess there's a reason for that.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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