I Give It a Year (2013)

I Give It a Year
Director: Dan Mazer
Writer: Dan Mazer
Cast: Rose Byrne, Rafe SpallAnna FarisSimon Baker, Minnie Driver, Jason FlemyngOlivia Colman, Stephen Merchant, Daisy Haggard

Plot:
Nat (Rose Byrne) and Josh (Rafe Spall) just got married after a rather short dating period and despite several signs that it might not be such a good idea. As they return from their honeymoon and settle into their routine, problems start to arise. First, there’s Josh’s ex, Chloe (Anna Faris) who is still one of his best friends but with whom things might not be quite as resolved as both of them thought. And second there’s Nat’s new client, the charming and rich and obviously interested Guy (Simon Baker).

I Give It a Year has some nice jokes and one very good scene, but mostly it has characters one hesitates to call characters at all because they have no personalities whatsoever and everything else has been there before a little too often.

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Here are the things that did work for me: Olivia Colman was really great when her jokes weren’t a bit too crude. And they often were. Nat’s misinterpreted lyrics were brilliant. And the “showdown” was pretty perfect. I had the distinct feeling that the movie was written for that because it was the only moment were everything came together.

Unfortunately, while the cast wasn’t bad and they all had their moments to shine, all their characters had no personalities, as I said. Instead they had quirks. If they were lucky, they got more than one, but that was the best they could hope for.

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And that made it very difficult to care about any of them. It was absolutely unclear for me why any of them would be better of with each other than on their own or why any of them wanted to be with the other in the first place.

Plus, with Josh it felt like Dan Mazer wrote himself into the story, but wasn’t actually aware of any of his own traits, good or bad. We were obviously supposed to identify with him, but basically only because he’s a dude and a writer. Cause we never really learn much more about him. And that just wasn’t enough to make the movie work.

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Summarising: watchable, but can be passed by without loss.

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