Such a title hints that, while it might appear to be a bouncy romantic comedy, it could slip in some seriously acidic undertones for a bit of extra bite.
This notion is solidified once you know that Dan Mazer, one of Sacha Baron Cohen‘s confederates and a co-writer on both “Borat” and “Bruno,” wrote and directed “I Give It a Year.” Maybe it’s the “Cabin in the Woods” of romantic comedies— something that simultaneously deconstructs the genre while celebrating it (and ultimately elevating it).
This kind of slapstick is so hopelessly out-of-date that it feels ossified, and is positively oppressive to watch in 2013.
[D] This is a reprint of our 2013 SXSW Film Festival review.
Потому что, только познакомившись и проведя вместе захватывающие и романтические две недели, решили тут же пожениться.
What makes it such a burning zeppelin of a movie is that it thinks that it’s doing something really inventive and irreverent, sending up the romantic comedy genre in energetic and profound new ways.
Come the end of the movie, two characters are racing to find the one that they love, in the rain no less, and it’s another cliché in a movie that strains to try and circumvent them.
Unfortunately this is not the case; “I Give It a Year” is a woefully inept, unfunny, unsexy romantic comedy that falls into every pitfall and tired genre trope that it willingly tries to avoid.
It all starts where most romantic comedies end— with a wedding.
The performers themselves are quite gifted, but their characters are all painfully lacking in key areas of charisma and empathy. All of the romantic fumbling and philandering could have been funny, hell, it should have been funny, but Mazer’s writing is perpetually slack.
Watch, as he tries desperately to defect their gaze from a photograph of his penis!
This may have seemed terribly clever to Mazer and his collaborators but quite honestly it just seems cloying and obvious, especially after a brief title sequence in which the courtship of Nat (Rose Byrne) and Josh (Rafe Spall) is so sweetly over-exaggerated that it has no choice but to fail.
These opening moments do contain a few laughs, though, in a movie not exactly dripping with them— most of these chuckles are provided by the forceful awkwardness of Stephen Merchant, playing Josh’s googly-eyed best friend Danny.
“I Give It a Year” groans on with unmemorable scene after unmemorable scene, each one more contingent on coincidence and happenstance than by the actual, gear-filled mechanics of drama or comedy.