I Give It a Year (2013, Dan Mazer)


Remember the time when comedies were actually funny?

i-give-it-a-year-poster09Let me get straight to the point. It is quite persumptous to label the movie as a comedy when its humour is so incomplete that some of the viewers maybe won’t make even a single laugh while watching it. That’s how disappointing this movie is.

It’s not like there are some high expectations when we talk about romantic comedies. It is a quite predictible genre made simply for fun and nobody hopes to find Hitchock’s genious plots in them. However, there is enough space to make such movies at least cute and charming. To make them watchable.

This is just one of those movies you can watch while doing something else – you won’t miss anything special and you will easily follow it even if your concentration is worse than ever. You will probably even be able to tell what’s next. The movie is about just married couple trying to make it trough the first year of marriage. From the first day everybody consider that they won’t last long. There is this cliche that the first year of marriage is the hardest one. It is simply not a valid fact or a confirmed rule and it’s just incomprehensible why would anyone base the whole movie on it. We can see that the characters are having troubles understanding each other, but there is no acceptable and explicit reason for it.

The script problem is based on the lack of character’s motivation. You see how the couple is annoyed all the time, but most of the time you can’t catch up why is that so. An experienced writer could probably fix it in several lines, but I guess Dan Mazer, who wrote the screenplay and directed the movie, is more expert for comedies like Borat and Ali G (he wrote screenplays for those movies). I Give It a Year is his first directed movie, but that still isn’t an excuse for filming such a sloppy screenplay that seems like it needs a big spring cleaning.


I believe Mazer’s idea was okay, just like the topic is fine. We are faced with problems of marriage in modern life packed in fancy appartments, sterile looking office, in all the mess and confusion of the 21st century. That’s a great topic, if you decide to explore it properly. The rush of getting into marriage and the rush that fallows in marriage could be funny and serious film material at the same time. When the movie is done like this, the viewer is devoid of many interesting branches of such topic.

It could all be forgiven if the movie was at least funny. The “humor“ here is reduced to some dirty allusions and double meaning lines which are mostly already used-up long time ago. Like we have already heard them all in at least ten earlier movies.

If you are really into watching it, okay. Try to retell it to someone a week, or even just several days after watching. Now see how you can’t remember any good joke or gag. That’s mostly because there weren’t any jokes like that, worth of memorizing. The only properly funny moment was at the end, but it surely can’t make up the rest of the boring hour and a half. If you still feel like watching you can catch a stream on alluc or a download over at filestube. Or if you’re out of your mind preorder the dvd, ugh.


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