I Give It A Year Review

This British romantic comedy may have come from the producers behind Love Actually, but don’t expect the same earnest, saccharine sweet love story with this one. What I Give It A Year does promise is many more laughs, raunchy at times, but funny none the less.

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Written and directed by Dan Mazer (the same writer behind the so wrong, but so funny Borat), I Give It A Year toggles between the past – when newlyweds Nat (Rose Byrne) and Josh (Rafe Spall) met and marry – and the present, when the couple are getting on each other’s nerves and seeing a marriage counselor. This unconventional love story has you rooting for a divorce as the unhappy couple start flirting with others (for Nat it’s her rich American client played by Simon Baker and for Josh it’s his longtime do-gooder ex, played by Anna Faris).

While Baker and Faris are clearly the bigger stars, at least in this country, both Byrne and Spall do a fantastic job of stealing the movie. While not for everyone, I Give It A Year is a romantic comedy that actually manages to be funny. A novel concept.

I Give It a Year/97 mins./Magnolia Home Entertainment /2013

 

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