Thanks to Hopscotch Films, we had the chance to see Dan Mazar’s I Give it a Year before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film – but as usual – no matter what we say; we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because: There is no better critic than yourself!
I Give it a Year is a romantic comedy that starts a little differently from the usual rom-com. Josh (Rafe Spall) and Nat (Rose Byrne) have already met, fallen in love and within the first ten minutes of the film have just gotten married. But it does not take too long to figure out that maybe this pair are not the perfect match they thought they were, considering that they are polar opposites: Josh is a novelist, but also a joker and slob, while Nat is an accounts executive at an advertising agency, who is very proper in attitude and appearance. The pair are completely incompatible, except when it comes to the bedroom, that is made clear at numerous times within the film.
But the lingering question of “will they make it?” is brought to its height when Guy (Simon Baker), a wealthy, classy, good looking American business man becomes Nat’s new client, seducing her with his perfect ways. While Chole (Anna Faris), an American aid worker and former girlfriend to Josh, who is average looking, but kind of cool in a subtle way, tempts Josh with her less glamorous appeal. Both Nat and Josh seem to have found their ideal partner, but neither are married to them!
Written and directed by Dan Mazer, I Give it a Year has the comedic flare you would expect from a person who has collaborated with Sacha Baron Cohen on Borat, Bruno and the Ali G show. But although the film is hilarious in parts, it could do with more comedy. Also, the comedy does not seem to work well with the romantic aspect of the film. It seems out of sync. In fact, the romance is dry in execution and you would not possibly be swept away by it, even though Baker and Byrne, and Spall and Faris, make perfect romantic pairings.
As a whole, the film seems to be lacking and it is hard to pin point what it is, but it may lie in the delivery as it comes off as ordinary. Despite this the film is actually enjoyable and refreshing and Stephen Merchant, playing Josh’s best friend, absolutely nails his character. Merchant as a cringe worthy, inappropriate character comes off with such ease and artfulness. I Give it a Year is a fun flick and makes a decent romantic comedy, but it is not great, which is a shame.
I GIVE IT A YEAR – at the movies February 28, 2013.