Movie Review: I Give It a Year [M] #igiveitayear

 

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Director : Dan Mazer

Starring : Rose Byrne, Anna Faris, Simon Baker, Minnie Driver, Stephen Merchant, Rafe Spall

Running Time : 97 minutes

Release Date :   In Cinemas Now

Nat (Byrne) and Josh (Spall)  are a newly dating couple. For just 7 months to be exact. The first few minutes are a montage of their romance, culminating in their wedding when the movie shifts to real-time. But this is no happy marriage and the couple are in therapy within months. Nobody expects this marriage to last, thus the title.

Josh is a writer suffering writer’s block as he struggles to pen his second novel. This infuriates Nat who complains that he is ‘always here (home) ‘. He is buoyed and enabled by his best mate Danny (Merchant). Josh has unresolved feelings for his ex Chloe (Faris) and the two engage in a merry dance of will they or won’t they.

 

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Nat is a successful advertising type and is soon pitching an account to the wealthy and handsome Guy (Baker). The two share an immediate attraction and Nat is encouraged by her colleagues to seem available. Nat’s sister Naomi (Driver) is gorgeously snarky and caustic as she endlessly shares with her sister the disappointments and drudgery of married life.

This movie has an interesting premise…..it’s an anti romantic comedy.  A couple who fall in love and marry within 7 months. Marry in haste, repent at leisure as they say. Their relationship is played out in a therapist’s office and we have a real he said, she said scenario with the exception that they both tend to agree that this marriage really was a bug mistake. At first I thought it was just one of those quirky Brit films, like Four Weddings and a Funeral, that you had to persevere with for a little while before it’s subtle humour grabbed you. And so I waited ….

 

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It has all the elements of greatness, including a powerhouse cast. I am a big fan of the quirky and irrepressible Faris and the goofy, gangly Merchant and, of course, I do love to support my fellow Aussies. Byrne is serenely stunning and Baker is swoon-worthy, movie matinée idol delicious. But it just didn’t work for me. It never quite clicked and found it’s momentum. Don’t get me wrong, it had its moments and there were some laughs but they were few and far between.

 

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I found Merchant’s character in particular to be vulgar and tacky. It was real schoolboy humour and …… just no. Faris was made as dowdy and frumpy as possible as just never shone as she normally does. Both of these great actors can blame a lacklustre script and bad directing for their disappointing turns in this movie.

This movie has received very mixed reviews and the split really is 50/50. And by reviews, I mean talking with my fellow cinema goers and friends who have seen the movie. It was not my cup of tea but was worth it for the eye candy that is Mr Simon Baker.

Yes please ….

 

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