zaterdag 11 januari 2014

100 Movie Challenge 2014 - # 11: I Give It a Year

Director: Dan Mazer
Genre: Comedy/ Romance
Runtime: 97 minutes
Year: 2013
Starring: Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Simon Baker, Anna Faris, Minnie Driver, Stephen Merchant, Olivia Coleman, Jason Fleyming

Description: Newlywed couple Nat (Rose Byrne) and Josh (Rafe Spall) 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?

Review: After a short romance, Nat and Josh decide to get married. That there are many big differences between them doesn’t bother the couple. Their family and friends do question the marriage.
“I Give It a Year” starts where most other romantic comedies end. The film tries to flip the genre upside down by showing us what happens when two people in love get married. It’s an interesting starting-point, but it still has many romcom clich├ęs in it. For example that the leading characters discover that someone else is the one for them. It does have a cynical tone to it, but some of those jokes are a big miss. Especially some situation, that are meant to be funny, just aren’t. The film is one big akward moment.
Rafe Spall, who plays Josh, was only a supporting actor so far. His somewhat immature character is really sympathetic. Rose Byrne has the unfortunate task the play the most uncongenial character: the perfectionistic and ambitious Nat. It’s a lot like Helen, who she portrayed in “Bridesmaids”. Minnie Driver on the other hand is hilarious as Nat’s crude sister. Olivia Coleman, as the weird therapist, really overdoes it. She totally lost herself in the role, which makes it over the top. As a viewer you are more drawn to the charming Josh then the up stuck Nat.
“I Give It a Year” tries to give the term romantic comedy another dimension to go a little further. The makers didn’t achieve it and is missing its balance. One missed shot.

Rating: 2,5/ 5

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