I Give It A Year (2013) - Review

by - January 02, 2019

Synopsis: Newlywed couple Nat and Josh are deliriously happy despite their differences, though friends and family aren't convinced that they can last. With their first anniversary approaching and attractive alternatives in the mix, can they last?

After a whirlwind seven months together, Josh (Rafe Spall) and Nat (Rose Byrne) decide to tie the knot. It probably doesn't bode well for the union that during the wedding ceremony the priest can't pronounce them 'husband and wife' without nearly coughing up a lung, and Nat's sister Naomi (the wonderful Minnie Driver) murmurs to her husband 'I give it a year' before the two are able to kiss and seal the deal. Add in a rather awkward and uncomfortable best man toast by Danny (Stephen Merchant) and you kind of start to realize that this marriage is not starting off on the right foot.

Fast forward a couple months and its clear that Josh and Nat are struggling. The movie paces itself by shifting between Josh and Nat visiting a marriage counselor, as they've made a commitment to make the marriage work, and 'flashbacks' to the moments in their marriage that led them to the counselor in the first place.

Other than the usual marriage issues that most couples experience (not replacing the toilet paper roll, letting the trash bin run over, etc.), Josh and Nat find one another's quirky personality traits to be out and out annoying, rather than charming or cute. Not helping matters is the inclusion of Nat's hunky new client Guy (Simon Baker), and Josh's ex-girlfriend turned confidant, Chloe (Anna Faris). It seems pretty clear that Josh is meant to be with Chloe, and Nat with Guy based in personalities alone, but the couple seems afraid of failure (and hurting each other's feelings) and agree to follow their counselor's suggestion to do whatever it takes to hit the one year mark in their marriage.

Essentially you find yourself watching a marriage unravel as each spouse lives out their own separate rom-com with other people, tropes included, and concluding with, of course, a run through the rain to declare....well, it's not love, exactly. But it's extremely on the nose and pokes fun at the expected happily ever afters that you often find in a romantic comedy.

A lot of the British humor pushed boundaries, but that's what British humor is meant to do. The cast was fabulous with plenty of chemistry, and honestly, I could watch Stephen Merchant in just about anything if he promises to make just about every scene as uncomfortable as possible. Could I have done without some of the full frontal nudity? Eh, probably.

Despite some of the reviews, I did enjoy I Give It A Year quite a bit, and I would recommend it to any rom com fan.

Starring: Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Anna Faris, Simon Baker, Stephen Merchant, Minnie Driver
Directed by: Dan Mazer
Rated: R
Watched: 09.05.2018
Fun Facts:
- Dan Mazer was worried about Rafe Spall and Rose Byrne, as they bonded on set and had great chemistry even though their characters weren't supposed to.
- Simon Baker and Rose Byrne are both Australian, though Rose plays an Englishwoman and Simon plays an American.
Notable Song: Don't Dream It's Over by LOLO

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