Since the moment they met, they hit it off Nat (Rose Byrne) and Josh (Rafe Spall) met, fell in love, got engaged, and married all in less than a year. For these polar opposites it just worked. But a few weeks into their relationship and the things they found cute about each other, now become annoying. Into this battleground, come two others Josh’s ex played by Anna Farris, and a dashing American businessman played by Simon Baker. As the gaps the relationship gets wider, will the two couples battle it out, or move on to something new?
I Give It A Year is the new comedy from Dan Mazer a writer/director affectionately called the British Judd Apatow, a bit of an insult really considering Mazer’s humour is much more unique. One thing is for sure, this romantic tale will prove to be the smash hit British comedy of the year, but what could you expect from Working Title, a British powerhouse with a history of success.
The magic of the movie comes in the power of what is said, and more to the case what most movies would not say, or show come to that. Family viewing this is not, within Stephen Merchant’s opening speech as best man at the wedding, you realize that this movie is designed to incite a certain reaction. This attitude is later repeated when a digital picture frame turns up at the home of the in-laws with some rather questionable honeymoon snaps.
Mazer manages a fairly difficult task, in that he manages to pull at least one almost laugh out loud comedy punch for each and every five minutes of running time. He also manages to ensure that the majority of the humour comes from those that surround Nat and Josh. Most notably by Nat’s sister played by Minnie Driver, and the overly offensive marriage guidance councilor played by Olivia Colman.
It’s very rare to find a British movie quite of this caliber, and while it is a little risqué at times, it’s also very traditional too, it’s just the sort of movie that makes British movie comedy sit in quite the unique genre it does.
I give It A Year is in UK cinemas from February 8th.