Ambitious high-flyer Nat (Rose Byrne) and struggling novelist Josh (Rate Spall) have been deliriously happy despite their differences. It appears that opposites attract, Josh is a thinker, Nat is a doer.... nevertheless the spark between them is undeniable. As they settle into real life together, the absurdities and flaws they once found so endearing and quirky start irritating the hell out of each other. When Josh's ex-girlfriend Chloe (Anna Faris) walks back into his life, and Nat begins working for a suave American client (Simon Baker), an attractive alternative could be on offer. But will they give in to temptation?
Not what I was expecting
- I Give It a Year review by jd
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This is a highly disappointing film . You don't root for any of the characters as none of them are that likeable. I also don't understand why they got married in the first place either. I would give it a miss !
A film that is supposed to be the reality check to all those and they lived happily ever after rom-coms I Give it a Year follows Nat and Josh, played by Rose Byrne (X-Men: First Class) and Rafe Spall (Life of Pi) respectively, as they stumble through their first year of marriage following a whirlwind romance and the realization that they might not be right for each other.
With writing and direction from Ali G writer Dan Mazer this film ought to have been a quirky but charming antidote to all those American rom-coms. Over direction, poor scripting and obvious humour cause the film to fall flat however, making I Give it a Year a pale shadow of the successful British indie-comedy it could have been.
Looking at the ingredients individually; a great cast (including Simon Baker, Minnie Driver and Anna Faris), off-beat humour and an original storyline, there is plenty in this film to make it enjoyable. And in the end it isn’t entirely hateful, it is simply disappointing. Incidents including a slide-show where pornographic pictures are shown to the embarrassment of parents and rather lame school-yard style penis jokes populate the film and distract from moments of genuinely awkward comedy gold like the romantic dinner scene, complete with violinist, champagne and white doves – one of which defecates on Rose’s beautiful outfit – whilst Mazer’s obvious direction and the over zealous performances (another fault of Mazer’s over direction) steal all the charm out of the film.
Although I couldn’t say I outright hated this film I am somewhat loathe to recommend it, with a handful of other unusual British romantic comedies out in the last eighteen months I’d suggest that fans of the genre simply give this one a miss.