It's a funny, witty, exquisitely entertaining, and has something for men and women to enjoy. And without giving anything away it's not what you think. Mazer is a long-time collaborator of Sacha Baron Cohen. The situations the characters find themselves in seem entirely natural and not forced which only makes them funnier and everyone done a really good job comically. Nat ends up kissing Guy and Chloe shares a kiss with Josh. Okay, so imagine you've just finished work, got home and need something to provide a little bit of background noise whilst sat with your laptop on brushing up on what's happened in the world, whilst thinking about what to have for dinner.
Dan Mazer famous for writing Borat and Bruno, starring Sacha Baron Cohen gives his directorial debut with this rom com that looks at the trials and tribulations of a newlywed couple during their first year of marriage. When Nat returns to work after the honeymoon, she's embarrassed when Josh calls her in the office—on speakerphone in front of her colleagues—to tell her she is sexy and that he misses her, causing her to abruptly hang up on him. Or dancing drunkenly like Beyonce at Nat's work function! It really deserves to be seen and it was great fun. Later, the two meet with their solicitor to discuss how to handle medical crises last wishes. When one factors in the reappearance of Josh's previous love interest Chloe Anna Faris and Guy Simon Baker , a romantically inclined client of Nat's, both of whom seem to have much more in common with the spouses, one wonders whether the marriage will survive for a year. Instead, what you get is 92 more minutes of very average dialogue that is trying to pass itself off as humour.
Josh finds them and professes his love for Chloe. There are a smattering of funny areas, particularly the Christmas Party scene, but other than that, it's your run-of-the-mill Brit Rom-Com that doesn't really come to life. When I wasn't laughing out loud, I was giggling almost constantly - I found this film very funny. It never really gets going and half way through the film I could tell I wasn't the only one sat in the cinema thinking this is slowly turning into a bit of a bore. A series of flashbacks are employed to let us know how the couple had reached this rocky precipice. Simon Baker, whose performance overloads on unctuousness, has his romantic credibility strained in a stupid scene where he brings a violinist and doves to a private board meeting with Nat. But the proof of the pudding lies in the eating.
Some of their differences are highlighted when they talk about their honeymoon in Morocco: Nat didn't enjoy the leather museum; Josh remembers it as interesting. The film was based and filmed in London and was released on 8 February 2013. With a script by first time director Dan Mazer, the plot and the characters here are both underdeveloped and the jokes misfire from unrealistic situations and dialogue. Previously forgettable in many of his past films, he manages to demonstrate a relaxed, natural comic delivery necessary for his character to remain likable even under the dumbest of circumstances. I saw this film in a fairly well attended screening with a mixed audience, mostly mature couples and not the sort of audience I would have expected this film to appeal to, except that they were all people who had experienced the difficulties which the experience of living with someone else brings with it. Nat becomes annoyed when Josh, knowing she would be late, admitted that he deliberately told her the wrong time, causing her to turn up early.
Comedy cannot exist with a dramatic premise because drama forms the situations of reality from which a narrative can exist and develop. Nat tries to discourage Josh from accompanying her to a work party, but he is determined, irritating her. As far as rom coms go, it fails miserably at the 'com' part. That would be amazing wouldn't it? Anna Faris has a terribly unfunny scene where she is squashed under a would- be threesome with her partner and another girl. When it's discovered that he split up with Nat, the two are shocked. In the kitchen Chloe apologizes to Nat for not realising she didn't know. The tragedy that should uphold the dramatic framework of the story must be relative to the characters, not the film itself.
The characters are so thinly drawn that it disperses the likelihood of seeing them growing and having an emotional attachment. Josh's best man Danny asks Chloe out but is rebuffed. This film isn't not funny. All comedy stems from tragedy. Similarly, this film is crassly written as though Working Title Films had a broader demographic in mind, to whom the subject of sex might still seem like the high point of comedy.
And, from the evidence of my ears, I was not alone - there was a lot of especially female laughing out loud. Attractions begin to develop between Nat and Guy, and Josh and Chloe and I Give It a Year becomes a farce about deciding whether unfaithful lusting is more important than sacred marriage vows. It's a funny, witty, exquisitely entertaining, and has something for men and women to enjoy. Interestingly, the real comedy frontrunner of I Give It a Year is Rafe Spall. Meanwhile, Guy and Chloe are at the railway station waiting to go to Paris on a romantic trip.
A look at the trials and tribulations of a newlywed couple during their first year of marriage. Guy asks her to dinner and Nat declines. As a cinema lover, I'd give it a miss! The film highlights their struggles during their first year of marriage, switching back and forth from flashbacks of the year's action to a marriage-guidance counselor's office. The familiar premise of two people already spoken for attaches itself to a gimmick where we are meant to realise that Josh and Nat don't belong to each other and are better suited to other partners. You think to yourself that if the movie keeps this tone then you could be in for an hour and a half of laughs. He echoes Spike from Notting Hill, but minus anything resembling a character arc. Instead, we're reminded frequently of why the couple is unsuited but the point is obvious and laboured: we're meant to laugh at a failing relationship that was never promising to begin with.
Far better rom coms have been made and far better rom coms will be written in the future. What compelled me to write this short review of the film is that despite this being the films release date 8th Feburary there are no ratings or reviews. Nat is working in an office and frustrated by Josh's complacency and his annoying best friend Danny Stephen Merchant. Their wedding goes as planned despite many friends' comments that the marriage will not last, an embarrassing best man's speech, and a coughing priest. There are some very funny set pieces - Baker's attempted hotel seduction, Faris' threesome, Coleman's phone diatribe - and stay through the titles in order to catch Jane Asher's final line. The women talk about the constrictions of marriage. It really deserves to be seen and it was great fun.
I Give It a Year. Rafe Spall and Rose Byrne play the 'happy' couple and the film also features the likes of Anna Faris, Minnie Driver, Simon Baker and Stephen Merchant. I Give it a Year didn't draw a single laugh from me. Josh becomes reacquainted with his ex-girlfriend Chloe Anna Faris and Nat is attracted to the smooth talking and successful Guy Simon Baker , an American client who likes her but doesn't know that she is married. The situations the characters find themselves in seem entirely natural and not forced which only makes them funnier and everyone done a really good job comically.