I Give It A Year (2013)

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This review was done back in June, back when I had a different reviewing style. With its new DVD Release, I saw it fit to post. Enjoy!

 

The British have always provided great Romantic Comedies, what with Love Actually and Four Weddings and A Funeral. Now, from those same production teams comes I Give It A Year. This film follows Nat (Rose Byrne) and Josh (Rafe Spall), a newlywed couple who couldn’t be worse for one another. As they consider a divorce, they seek out advice and decided that they will give their marriage a year, before they decide to do anything that they may regret.

It doesn’t help the marriage, when the two have friends in Naomi (Minnie Driver) and Hugh (Jason Flemyng), an unhappy couple that always spout of about why marriage is so bad. Throw in Josh’s best perfect best-friend, Chloe (Anna Faris), and Nat’s perfect client, Guy (Simon Baker), and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. Add in Josh’s other, weird, best-friend Danny (Stephen Merchant) and now it’s a party.

If you're looking for a more realistic take on degrading marriages, Blue Valentine is for you... But if you want to laugh and not be depressed, I Give It A Year is for you!

If you’re looking for a more realistic take on degrading marriages, Blue Valentine is for you… But if you want to laugh and not be depressed, I Give It A Year is for you!

What I Enjoyed

What I Didn’t Enjoy

This movie is pretty funny. I laughed a lot during this film, mostly do to explicit jokes.

This movie relies heavily on very explicit comedy to get you to laugh.

Rafe Spall gives us a genuine performance of a guy who likes to have fun and is constricted by his wife.

Most of the film highlights why marriage sucks and that most married people aren’t happy. As funny as it is, this message might not appeal to most married couples.

Rose Byrne gives us a genuine performance of a serious and hard worker who is constricted by her husband.

I didn’t care for Minnie Driver’s character at all. She didn’t have much to offer and any genuine moment we get from her is immediately destroyed by an explicit complaint from her about her husband.

I’m a huge fan of The Mentalist, so it was great to see Simon Baker giving a great performance as a suave and intellectual man in this film.

There is not a lot of chemistry between any of the main characters in the film. It makes for an odd viewing of their relationships.

For the most part, this film is the antithesis of the average romantic comedy, in the sense that it’s following a failing marriage.

The script is nothing special. It’s left up to the actors to try to keep the story going, which they fail to do more than a few times.

Weirdly enough, you kind of hope that the couple doesn’t stay together in the end. Is that bad?

The films also relies on a lot of one-liners to get you to laugh.While most of them land, a few fail to stick and end up making the scene die down.

Stephen Merchant is outrageous with his lines in this film. I was dying of laughter!

There is a lack of Stephen Merchant when the film’s comedy dies down. There are many awkward moments where he would have helped.

Anna Faris gives a more “serious” performances in this film, which wasn’t a necessarily a bad thing.

Anna Faris being less serious and more funny would have made this film a lot better as a whole. She’s a very funny person and had a lot to offer, but went the more serious route instead.

A lot of the comedy in this film is really raunchy, but that level of raunchiness makes the film funnier.

This film can’t help but end by reverting to a cliche that it almost avoided throughout the whole film.

In the end, I Give It a Year is a decent, reverse romantic comedy that works because of its over-the-top comedy.

This film falls short in its ability to create characters that you connect with (let alone the fact that the characters barely connect themselves) and it lacks a decent enough story to get past the choppy dialog.

Overall:

I Give It A Year is very funny, but lacks in the story. While explicit jokes are fun and all, there isn’t too much original or smart humor to enjoy. The film depends on its quirky and fun characters to carry the film (which they do), and as a result, the film doesn’t feel complete. Make no mistake, I did enjoy this film quite a bit, but it could use some improvement. If you’re looking for a fun Rom-Com that you’ll no doubt forget in a couple of weeks, you’re in luck!

I Give It A Year Trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od8DhL1hyfw

3 STARS!!!

3 / 5 stars     

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