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I Give It a Year (2013)

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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?

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Dan Mazer

Writer:

Dan Mazer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rose Byrne ... Nat
Rafe Spall ... Josh
Alex Macqueen ... Minister
Stephen Merchant ... Danny
Jane Asher ... Diana
Terence Harvey ... Alec
Minnie Driver ... Naomi
Jason Flemyng ... Hugh
Nigel Planer ... Brian
Maisy Mazer Maisy Mazer ... Bridesmaid
Matilda Thykier Matilda Thykier ... Bridesmaid
Clare Higgins ... Elaine
Anna Faris ... Chloe
Kevin Moore ... Toastmaster
Olivia Colman ... Linda
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Storyline

After a seven month long passion-filled courtship, thirty-something Londoners Natasha Redford and Josh Moss get married despite they being mismatched in personality and temperament, something that their closest friends and family members can see - some who predict the marriage won't last a year - even if Nat and Josh themselves don't see it. Nat, a marketing company manager, is more professional and controlled. Josh, a novelist with a current case of writer's block, is more carefree and childlike. Nine months into their marriage, Nat and Josh have their first session with arguably the most distracted marriage counselor in the city, that session which may be the deciding factor in whether they continue in being husband and wife to each other. Their issues over the preceding nine months are told in flashback, and include little idiosyncrasies which annoy the other, and tensions with each's in-laws, beyond the general differences in their personalities. But what may be the biggest threat... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and some graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dou-lhes Um Ano See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,436, 11 August 2013

Gross USA:

$34,657

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,034,559
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Dan Mazer was worried about the two main cast members, Rose Byrne and Rafe Spall, because when they met, they bonded and had great chemistry. But in the movie, the two aren't supposed to. See more »

Goofs

When Nat is in the hotel boardroom with Guy, her wedding band is on her hand in some shots and missing in others. See more »

Quotes

Danny: I think if I was going to have any super power it would be the ability to speak Spanish. That would be amazing wouldn't it? 'Cause you could say stuff like "Hola", "Gazpacho".
Nat: You just said it.
Josh: You're saying it now.
Danny: Oh, wow.
Hugh: Not strictly speaking a super power, though, is it really? Otherwise everyone in Brazil would be superheroes.
Danny: [Nods]
[mumbles]
Danny: Mm, true.
Naomi: They speak Portuguese in Brazil. You cock!
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Connections

References When Harry Met Sally... (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

It Takes Two
Written by James Brown and Rob Base (as Robert Ginyard Jr.)
Performed by Imran Hanif featuring Aneta Gordon
Contains a sample of "Think About It" by Lyn Collins, Courtesy of Polydor Records (US)
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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A solid twist on the rom-com genre
22 February 2013 | by freemantle_ukSee all my reviews

The rom-comedy genre has been known for being very formulaic and often entries are a dime a dozen. It is hard to stand out of the crowd and it is often a genre that plays it safe. But I Give It a Year is a film that attempts to twist the rom-com clichés.

Josh (Rafe Spall) and Nat (Rose Byrne) are a couple who after dating for seven months decide to get married, even though they friends and family think they are marrying too soon. And it turns out they are right with their marriage hits the rocks. Their eyes soon wonder to two American, Chloe (Anna Farris), Josh's ex-girlfriend and one of Nat's business clients, Guy (Simon Baker).

Often the formula of rom-coms is that the guy or girl tries to win over someone there are often a series of mishaps and misunderstanding on the way. In I Give It a Year the main two characters are fighting for their marriage as they are two other suitors waiting in the wings. In style I Give it a Year was shot very much like other rom-coms like Bridget Jones, Love Actually and Notting Hill (Working Title made all those films) but I Give It a Year is more of an anti rom-com, being more willing to be risqué. There are some twists on typical rom-com clichés and there is a fine parody of a famous rom-com speech.

I Give it a Year is the first film as a director for Borat writer Dan Mazar and most the humour was sex jokes or awkward/cringe humour and sometimes both. This was all summed up with Stephen Merchant in a show stealing performance giving us his trademark cringe humour and saying very politically incorrect at the most inappropriate times. Olivia Coleman as a bitter man-hating marriage counsellor who has some of the best lines in the film and great physical actions. But some of the jokes are overlong and the first joke where a priest is uncontrollably coughing led to me thinking what have I got myself in for.

Spall and Byrne are fine actors. Spall was very good at playing a prat and Bryne was the straight character of the piece. But she is made to be more of the bad guy out of the pair as she is more willing to flirt with Guy and seeks him out as the marriage starts to crumble. The other love interests are also a bit too perfect, even trying to show Guy as the perfect (plus he owns a massive factory in Britain, why not make him British). The supporting cast are solid, particularly Minnie Driver and Jason Flyming as a marriage couple who hard each other.

I Give It a Year is a fun film that will delight audiences. The cinema audience I saw it with enjoyed it. There are enough jokes and twists the rom-com genre to keep the film fresh.


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