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I Give It a Year [DVD] [2013]

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I Give It a Year [DVD] [2013]

If you're one of those who sits through the average romantic comedy and instantly tires of the formula, then the makers of I Give It A Year very much have you in mind. For this is a film that starts with the wedding, and then charts how things, bluntly, don't go to plan in the twelve months that follow. The couple at the heart of the story are played by Rafe Spall and the always-excellent Rose Byrne, and neither of them play characters who come out of this particularly well.

If there's a problem with I Give It A Year, it's that it's hard to root for the key duo, no matter how much fun the performances are. However, very much in the film's favour is the quality of its jokes. Director Dan Mazer has form working on the likes of Borat, and his ability to generate a giggle, whether comfortable or not, is very much to the movie's credit.

Furthermore, Mazer wisely stocks his film with some excellent supporting players. We don't see enough of the likes of Minnie Driver on screen, and her cameo here is a welcome one. Furthermore, Stephen Merchant's wedding speech is pitched exceptionally well, balanced cringe and laughs adeptly. And Anna Faris adds another good comedic role to her own resume.

I Give It A Year is sometimes a little raw, and certainly not a first date movie. But it is a funny one, and it is a movie that's willing to take some risks with the genre in which it finds itself. For that, and many other reasons, it deserves real credit. --Jon Foster

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