I Give It a Year (2013)

R   |    |  Comedy, Romance

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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?




  • Simon Baker at an event for I Give It a Year (2013)
  • Minnie Driver and Jason Flemyng in I Give It a Year (2013)
  • Rose Byrne and Rafe Spall in I Give It a Year (2013)
  • Simon Baker and Anna Faris in I Give It a Year (2013)
  • Rose Byrne in I Give It a Year (2013)
  • Dan Mazer at an event for I Give It a Year (2013)

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23 February 2013 | davidgee
| Diminishing returns
From the start it's obvious where this story is going to end up and we must be grateful that it only takes 97 minutes to get there. The script, mostly a series of break-ups and makings-up, might have worked for a TV sitcom but it's not enough to sustain a movie. The direction - like the writing - is uninspired.

There's a terrible lack of chemistry between each pair of leads, whichever way you mix them. The men are more persuasive than the women, and Minnie Driver outshines the two female stars. Olivia Colman has a nice role as a counsellor in need of counselling herself. Stephen Merchant gives us his usual tiresome nerd so persuasively that you want to see him pushed under a bus.

The law of diminishing returns seems to be applying to British rom-coms. PIRATE RADIO (The Boat that Rocked) wasn't as funny as LOVE ACTUALLY which wasn't as romantic as NOTTING HILL which wasn't as funny as FOUR WEDDINGS. I GIVE IT A YEAR is conspicuously lacking in believable romance and a few chuckles do not constitute much of a comedy.

I'd give it a miss.

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