Brilliantly laugh out loud Rom-Com with a perfect 50/50 blend of British bad gags accompanied with warm fuzzy lovely scenes between the unlikely (and obviously likely) couples. Overall the cast was perfectly handpicked for this movie (Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Anna Faris, Simon Baker and Stephen Merchant) , which was scripted in a way that offers cringe, funny, witty and smug moments to tickle your emotions.
The films starts off with a sped up whirlwind romance – cue the lead actress and actor (Rose Bryne & Rafe Spall). The scene skips to their marriage and the best man’s (Stephen merchant) speech that is cringingly awkward but very amusing to watch. Cracks beginning to show in their relationship on the wedding day with the differences of bride and groom massively exaggerated. She is a slick looking, a bit uptight professional striving for romance, and a charming gentleman as a husband.
He is a lad’s lad who mucks around, is messy, free spirited – He’s not cool, even though he thinks he is but he is a softy a heart (which only shows when he talks to his ex)
Through the course of the films you see the downs and downs of a marriage between the two and you are sit there thinking – “how did they ever get together in the first place”. It then becomes apparent they are not made for each other when hunky client Guy (Simon baker) and hippy ex-girlfriend Chloe (Faris) are introduced so soon in the film.
With Ying and Yang couple developing twinkly starry feelings with their perfect matches they start to grow distant from each other – It’s as though Nat and Josh has split personality disorder the way they interact with each other compared to their love interest. In real life – this story line would seem quite sad when you are growing distant from someone you just married – but cameos from Minnie Diver (Nat’s sister) and other family members makes it all the more comical as it there are some painful but hella funny situations Josh gets into with his in laws. (One to watch here is the game of charades, which was shown in the trailers.).
It’s not all bad as there are moments where we can see the desperation with Nat and Josh to make it to a year and compromise with each other’s bad singing, bad dancing in order to “stick to it”… and just when you think you know how the movie ends – you got it- predictable! But with a twist which I won’t spoil for you.
With general release so close to Valentine’s Day it’s definitely one to watch as it has a simple story line filled with gags to make you laugh out loud (and last time that’s happened was the release Bridesmaids)
I Give It A Year is in theaters now!
This is a guest post by our corrrespondent Lin who you can follow on twitter @Lin_To.
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