I Give It A Year - Review
Rose Byrne and Rafe Spall star in Dan Mazer's 'anti rom-com'...
I Give It A Year follows Nat and Josh (Rose Byrne and Rafe Spall) from the moment they say ‘I do’ to their celebratory anniversary dinner.
Nat is a pencil-skirt wearing, pedantic PR girl, Josh is a put-on-anything pen pusher, and it’s not long before the rose-tinted haze of their honeymoon period starts to fade to reveal their lack of compatibility.
Enter the sleek and sophisticated Guy - played by blonde Aussie hunk Simon Baker (Devil Wears Prada, The Mentalist) - who serves as Rose’s reason to remove her wedding ring and engage in a flirtation.
Meanwhile, Josh’s ex-girlfriend, played by Anna Faris (Scary Movie, House Bunny) with her kind heart, generous temperament and lacy lingerie clad body is quick to re-ignite Josh’s attention, and suddenly an alternate ending to the one Hollywood would have expected has suggested itself.
Writer Dan Mazer makes his directorial debut with I Give It A Year and puts his comedic past to fantastic use – each moment is timed perfectly. There is clear intention to make a break from the contemporary definition of ‘romantic comedy’ and in his interview with MTV News, he described the film as an “anti rom-com”, because it starts as most romantic comedies end, with a marriage.
Mazer went on to say that the film is “a comedy about romance”, which is fitting, as the comedic moments, such as Steven Merchant’s brilliantly awkward Best Man speech and Simon Baker’s attempt to woo Rose Byrne with two doves and a violinist, are more prolific than the – albeit funny - failed attempts at romance.
I Give It A Year is an enjoyable British comedy that showcases love and London in a refreshing way. The all-star cast work brilliantly, with the one exception of Anna Faris, who is perhaps not used to her full potential.
Dan Mazer’s success at subverting the genre is also up for debate, as he resorts to a Classic Hollywood ending, set – perhaps ironically – at St Pancras train station.
Nevertheless, I Give It A Year will give you a full ninety minutes of abdominal aching laughs and may even bring to your attention what your own girlfriend/boyfriend/fiancé/husband/wife finds most annoying about you…
The movie hits UK cinemas on Friday, February 8.
By Venetia Falconer @mtvuknews
MTV.co.uk verdict: 7/10