Well… Here we go for the “I Give It A Year” review. I have to begin this review with a confession that I was really only interested in this movie, as it was a British RomCom (think Four Weddings and a Funeral) and because it as Simon Baker in it… you know… the gut from The Mentalist.
Need I say more??? Well yes, I probably do. But first:
- Length 97 Min
- Cert 15
- Director: Dan Mazer
- Stars: Anna Faris, Jason Flemyng, Simon Baker, Stephen Marchant, Minnie Driver, Olivia Colman, Rafe Spall, Rose Byrne
- Rom/ Com, Chick Flick
Synopsis: PR Lady (Nat) marries Writer (Josh) after only knowing each other for 7 months. It is quite clearly a bad match and the PR’s sister “Gives the marriage a year”. Clearly there is trouble brewing. PR Lady falls for client (Guy aka Simon Baker), Writer falls for X (Chloe). Will they last a year or will “true love” win?
Cringing wedding scenes. Cringing dinner parties. Cringing Christmas dos. Cringing Marriage counselling session. It is simply all a bit to cringe worthy. Almost like they “tried too hard to be funny”, too hard to make this the “next best RomCom” coming from the UK.
I loved my eye candy. Mmmh, an hour and a half of Simon Baker (but then I went home and watched the Mentalist and preferred him much more in that), as well as Rafe Spall – yes you can see why Nat may not want to be married to him, but his the “nice guy from next door” and therefore endearing.
The story line, I guess, is ok. A bit different. The execution? Well.. just a bit naff really. I would watch it if there is nothing else on, else wait for the DVD.
Here. Watch the trailer yourself!
So… my overall ratings:
Would my husband like this film? No way jose!
Did my friend like it? Yes she did.
Likeability of characters – 7 /10 (I guess they are all pretty “nice”, save for the awful best friend)
General story line – 6/10 (in my opinion trying too hard to be funny)
The Ending – 7/10 (well, it had to be what it was – it is a RomCom after all and needs a “happy ending, 100% predictable.)
Overall? I would give it no more than a 6 out 10 (even with the sevens above). The more I think about it, the less I liked the film. But it WAS entertaining (I think) and, ahem, I do have a crush on Simon Baker (don’t tell hubby). You will be fine to miss this in the cinema and watch it on DVD!