I GIVE IT A YEAR

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
NOVEMBER 24, 2013

A British romantic comedy meets humor the likes of “The Office,” the phoned-in “I Give It A Year” stars a welcoming cast with nothing to show for it. Rose Byrne, Anna Faris, and Simon Baker lead this strange rigamarole of a comedy, where Nat (Byrne) and Josh (Rafe Spall) fall in love and get married, while Nat’s sister Naomi (Minnie Driver) utters the words, “I give it a year.” From there on, we’re subjected to a couple we know isn’t right for each other, as they struggle to stay monogamous while the temptation of new love (Baker) and old love (Faris) plays heavy-handed. Although the viewer is likely to be cheering for these side romances, I desperately didn’t want any of the couples to succeed, as everyone came off annoying and unwilling to change in the slightest. With most of the laughs coming from Stephen Merchant, who plays the inappropriate friend for about five minutes, the other highlights include a very attractive Anna Faris in a bra. Besides falling on the realistic side of today’s romances, including the telegraphed ending, “I Give It A Year” is less than perfect and misses its mark. But with such a fun cast of characters to watch, it’s hard to stay mad at the film.

RELEASE DATE
August 9, 2013

DIRECTOR
Dan Mazer

WRITTEN BY
Dan Mazer

STUDIO
Magnolia Pictures

R
(for sexual content, language and some graphic nudity)

COMEDY
ROMANCE

97 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Ben Davis

COMPOSER
Ilan Eshkeri

EDITOR
Tony Cranstoun

CAST
Rose Byrne
Rafe Spall
Anna Faris
Simon Baker
Stephen Merchant
Minnie Driver
Jason Flemyng
Olivia Colman

PRODUCED BY
Tim Bevan
Eric Fellner
Kris Thykier

BUDGET
$13.8 million

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