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Comedy - Romantic

I Give it a Year (2013)

Duration 1h 37m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay
Writers/Script Dan Mazer
Additional Info Anna Faris is now well known as a mom in “Mom”.
Director Dan Mazer
Starring Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Stephen Merchant, Jane Asher, Minnie Driver, Jason Flemyng, Nigel Planer, Anna Faris, Olivia Coleman, Simon Baker, Daisy Donovan
Elevator Pitch An ill matched couple, she a high flying advertising executive, he an author with writer’s block, marry in haste and end up within a year in marriage guidance. In addition their good intentions are derailed, in her case by the arrival of a charming American businessman as a possible client, and in his by the return of a former girlfriend from assisting in famine relief, who declares that she still loves him.
Content Speeches take place at the wedding, the best man is embarrassing. The couple are irritated by each other’s bad habits, and during the visits to marriage guidance initiate flashbacks. The husband exhibits signs of being a complete idiot, the wife flirts with the businessman. The young women appear in identical sexy underwear at different times. There is a sex scene which is both embarrassing and weird. Some nudity and drinking but I don’t recollect any smoking.
A View I did laugh at the marriage guidance scene, but honestly the writer’s origins in Ali G and Borat show, and that stuff did nothing for me. The arrival of Simon Baker – he of the irritating hair – as the charming American, was a cliché too far. But all that being said, romantic comedy is difficult, and this is by no means the worst I have seen. None of the characters were actually offensive, so not a terrible hour and a half.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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