I Give It a Year (2013) Movie Review


I Give it a Year

  • Rating – R
  • February 2013 (UK release)
  • Directors – Dan Mazer
  • Rose Byrne – Nat
  • Rafe Spall – Josh
  • Stephen Merchant – Danny
  • Simon Baker – Guy
  • Anna Faris – Chloe
  • Minnie Driver – Naomi
Ya, I Give it a Year

I try to mix it up with the type of movies I review. Lately, I noticed I’ve been lacking in the romance category….Yuck it up for people that know me.  Personally, I think most romance films are forgettable. They follow the same general plot line, and have the same gags. One example, is the main female character trips and fall at an inopportune time. I Give It a Year caught my eye with it’s non cliche jokes. Seriously, when is the last time you watched a R rated romance movie? Well, I Give It a Year is a 2013 British Comedy starring Rose Byrne (Neighbors), and Rafe Spall (The World’s End). One thing to note is that this is Dan Mazer’s directorial debut. Mazer is known for co-writing Borat and Brüno. I thought “I give it a review”.  See what I did there?  If you’re wondering, my humor is worse at home.


She’s too Perfect

Nat (Rose Byrne) & Josh (Rafe Spall) fell in love at first sight and got married in less than a year into their relationship. As their marriage goes on, they learn more things about each other that gets on each other nerves. It gets worse to the point where they seek professional counseling.

While flash backing to the events that lead them in their current counseling session, a few key points come up. At a group dinner we learn that Josh never officially broke up with his former girlfriend Chloe (Anna Faris). She just went to Africa for 4 years. Nat meets a new client, Guy (Simon Baker) and seems to have more things in common with him than her husband. Will the counseling help? Will Nat and Josh make it work or seek other opportunities? Will it last a year?

I Don’t Really Go for Good Looking

I Give a Year adds it’s crude style and deviates from the normal forgettable romance formula. For me, I dug it. It’s nice to see a rom com take an alternative route, even though it’s still predictable. As for the humor, there were a few times I did laugh out loud. Not everything sticks, but what works for me, is that even if the humor is vulgar, it’s not all stemming from shock value. It doesn’t go over board, it’s embarrassing things that can happen.

Unfortunately the humor does out weigh the substance of the film. I Give It a Year concentrates more on the laugh than the characters. Situations occur out of the blue just to show that Nat and Josh don’t get along. When this happens their personalities do a complete 180. Josh comes off like a douche and Nat seems to be a stuck up donkey. Then you’re left confused because you’re suppose to like them.

The actors did a great job, especially Rose with facial impressions. My problem was the chemistry between the characters. The characters that were suppose to have chemistry together, I didn’t feel it. It was more mandatory if anything.


I’d Ruin Bieber

I Give It a Year takes advantage of it’s R rating with some clever laugh out loud situations. Romance films are not my first choice, with that out of my way, I would have to give I Give It a Year a recommendation. Hard core rom com fans might need more substance. Some people might think it’s humor is not funny.  I say solid rental or cheap buy, especially if you have a significant other. Who cares if I took too long to write this review and valentine’s day is over. Even if you’re just looking for a good laugh, give it a try. Currently on Netflix.

Random Info I got from this File:
  • Always check the pictures before using a digital frame
  • Positioning yourself in a threesome can be tricky
  • Releasing doves where there is a ceiling a fan is not a good idea
Other Files to check:
  • Just Friends
  • Definitely Maybe
  • Chasing Amy
File Status: 8 out of 10
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Graphic designer by day, and movie blogger whenever I can. Been watching films in the 80s and never lost the love for it. Started Movie Case Files in 2012, and kept writing random reviews ever since. Besides movies, I like watching UFC, collecting retro video games, spending time with the wife, and bacon.

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