I Give It A Year (2013)

igiveitayearposterBy: Jenna Zine (A Toast) –
How many beers do you recommend for this movie?
1 Beer! A Toast! Great Movie!2 Beers! Good Movie!3 Beers! Okay Movie!4 Beers! Mediocre Movie!5 Beers! Awful Movie!6-Pack! Bad movie! Do not be Sober!

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Natasha and Joshua meet cute one night at a party, fall madly in love, and decide to wed after six brief months of courtship despite the doubts their friends express. Not long into their new life, both Nat and Josh experience wandering eyes. Will they prove their friends right, or will they make it past the first year of marriage?

A Toast

Nat (the luminous Rose Byrne) and Josh (Rafe Spall) are a giddy couple in love. But it doesn’t take long for the cracks in their relationship to show, which is no surprise to Nat’s snarky sister, Naomi (Minnie Driver – so delightfully droll in this role), and Josh’s best friend, Dan (the always hilarious Stephen Merchant). Nat starts to realize she and her new husband might have less in common than she imagined after meeting a business associate (the blazingly hot Simon Baker as Guy) who appears to be a better match. Meanwhile, Josh’s ever-present ex (Anna Faris as Chloe) is around to keep Josh company as Nat’s high-powered career continues to heat up…

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Uh… what were we talking about?

May I just say that I totally adore this film? It’s so fun. In fact, I’d even venture to guess that non rom-com fans would enjoy this plot that takes the typical formula and flips it on its head. (My husband laughed all the way through, which is a good barometer. This is a man who’s been forced to see more romantically themed movies than he could’ve ever dreamed and hasn’t found all of them quite so charming. I think he also appreciated the lean run time; the movie clocks in at an hour and a half.)

There are so many laugh out loud moments (or, as they kids say, LOL!!!!), including an insane game of charades that dissolves in a most unique manner and an electronic Christmas photo album of nude pictures that sours the holidays. This is Dan Mazer’s (co-writer of Borat and Bruno) directorial debut, so it’s no surprise that there are some funny sight gags. It’s a bonus that the cast is top notch – I was surprised that a movie stocked with such well-known names escaped my attention, though it was a treat to find such a gem streaming on Netflix one rainy night.

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Wait; you think you’re hotter than me? That’s hilarious!

Speaking of the cast, they all shine bright. Minnie Driver is especially a hoot as a bitchy wife trapped in a seemingly unhappy marriage. Err…that doesn’t sound particularly funny, which is an ode to what a great job she does! Stephen Merchant, he of The Office fame, brings his typically goofy humor, enlivening the already hilarious proceedings. It’s also fun to see Anna Faris in the mix, playing a surprisingly low-key character. Simon Baker is always the hot guy – but he excels at suave. Suave is that man’s wheelhouse. Who am I to complain? And, of course, you can’t help but root for Rose – a favorite of mine in everything from Get Him to the Greek to Bridesmaids. If there’s an elite prep school for comedy, Rose is surely a graduate.

Verdict

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Treat yo’self to this fun, lighthearted romp!

 

Drinking Game

Take a Drink: every time Josh does something awkward.

Take a Drink: every time Nat slips off her wedding ring.

Take a Drink: every time Chloe bites her lip and shrugs.

Take a Drink: every time Naomi gets caustic.

Do a Shot: for Josh and Dan’s dance at the wedding!

About Jenna Zine

Jenna Zine was in the process of getting rejected by literary journals, until she gave up the ghost and is now currently penning a deliciously trashy beach read. The happiest day of her life was when MovieBoozer accepted her film reviews. Err, that and her wedding day to Pillow Talk's Larry Crane, of course. Find more at www.jennazine.com

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