WRITTEN BY: Dan Mazer
DIRECTED BY: Dan Mazer
STARRING: Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Simon Baker, Anna Faris, Minnie Driver
RATING: 3.5 stars
I think I liked this film more than a reasonably intelligent film reviewer should. It has several flaws – the main one being a weak plot, which is usually of paramount importance for me – and yet, I found myself laughing out loud so much during the screening that it didn't seem to matter that it was lacking in substance. It's hilarious. Ali G writer and producer Dan Mazer wrote and directed this film, which should give you an idea about the sense of humour. There is one scene that depicts the funniest and prolonged threesome you will probably ever see in mainstream film. It's worth watching just for that.
After only several months together, Josh (Rafe Spall) and Nat (Rose Byrne) get married but soon find they are not as compatible as they first thought. Both are soon tempted by other people – Josh by his ex-girlfriend Chloe (Anna Faris), and Nat by a potential new client named Guy (Simon Baker). Josh and Nat try to get through the first year of their marriage believing it is the hardest period of any marriage and even seek guidance from an unusual counsellor named Clare (Kerry Howard).
The female leads in this film were all fantastic. Byrne is becoming a very good comedic actress. I think I actually prefer her in comedy now than drama. Faris is as delightful as ever and is always a welcome addition to any comedy. Minnie Driver was surprisingly very funny too with her snappy attitude. Baker oozes charm and appeal. He could flirt the pants off any woman with that grin. He is perfectly cast. Spall is also endearing, even with his character’s embarrassing quirks.
Inevitably with a film that relies so much on gags, not all of them work. The scene where the family is looking at holiday photos and see some private sex photos falls flat. It looks much better in the trailer. There is also an unnecessarily long scene where the couple are sorting out their will, which is not at all funny. But other scenes, such as when Guy tries to woo Nat in a boardroom with doves and a violinist, work very well.
I Give It A Year is not to the standard of other British films like Bridget Jones's Diary, but it's still a lot of fun for a date night.