I Give It a Year
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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?
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 71
- Fresh: 39
- Rotten: 32
- Average Rating: 5.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: 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.
Rotten: By turns thoughtful, awkward and lacking in chemistry, the movie ultimately sticks to the rom-com template without making the outcome matter.
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: Not just diverting but surprisingly thoughtful, even if we're never given too much reason to care about Nat and Josh.
I Give It A No.
I Give It A Year was beautifully filmed, well-acted, and contained some laugh-out-loud humor, but left me feeling like I no longer wanted to live on this planet.
Yes it was a comedy, but it was a comedy populated with characters I wanted to shake to death. Aside from the fact they were almost all irredeemably dull, I found them oddly ill-defined. No character development was present to explain who they were, what drove them, or why their relationships developed in the first place. It was like walking into a movie after missing the first fifteen minutes that set everything up. The result is that I was forced to decide who each character was as he or she flip-flopped between personalities based on whatever that scene called for. In the end, the film left me unaffected (except perhaps annoyed) because I could not relate to a single one of these morally bankrupt jackanapes.
The worst offense, perhaps, was the way in which the writers informed me of how I was supposed to feel about certain things. For instance, there is a woman in the film (played excellently by Minnie Driver) who seems to utterly despise her marriage. Throughout the film I could only pity her nimrod of a husband as her sharp tongue lashed him with a ferocity that was genuinely funny, but ultimately sad. Then, quite suddenly, there is a scene (all words, no action) in which she explains that deep down they actually love each other deeply and she gives her husband a playful kiss. Huh? No, no, no, my friends. You have to earn that; you cannot simply say it and expect me to buy it. Even the most sophomoric of soap operas understands this simple concept! It is just another example of how the film's characters suddenly turn on a dime without rhyme or reason to suit whatever the writer needed in that scene.
The soundtrack was also indefensible. It featured sappy covers of various pop hits performed by what I can only assume were the mistresses and/or family members of the filmmakers. The score was insulting most of the time, like when it celebrated, with triumphant fanfare, two adulterers' first kiss as if I had been rooting for them the whole time. Meanwhile, I was rooting for them both to be hit by a bus. Now, you might argue that this was purposeful in the context of the ironic humor of the film, and you might have a point. Nonetheless it felt wrong and left me loathing the snide nature of pseudo-intellectual satirists who take a tinkle on everything they don't understand or appreciate about the way real people live their lives and love each other.
Alright, let's end on a positive note after pooping all over this thing, just as it attempted to after pooping all over its audience.
Despite the shoddy craftsmanship and depressing undercurrent of this unappealing film, it did feature some great lines and hilarious jokes delivered by good actors. Now that I know what to expect from the overall product, I might consider watching parts of it again just for the laughs if it came on cable... and I was sick at home... and had nothing better to do... and couldn't reach the remote.
I recommend you watch the preview, which shows the funniest jokes anyway, then imagine the rest of the movie as a heart-warming but wickedly funny examination of the nature of marriage and human relationships. You'll have a better time than actually watching I GIve It A Year.
I Give It A Yes
Its dry British humor, quirky situations, slightly foul yet comical engagements make this a great film that doesn't take itself too seriously. Very refreshing - especially the end. ;-)
Don't waste your money
All the funny stuff is in the trailer. Don't waste your time or money on this movie. There wasn't a really likable character in the entire movie and it certainly wasn't romantic.
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 2013
- © 2012 Starcrossed Films Ltd, Paradis Films S.A.R.L., TF1 Films Production S.A.S and Studiocanal Film GmbH. All Rights Reserved.
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