Whoever said "marriage is easy" was clearly a lifelong bachelor. I Give It A Year, directed and written by Dan Mazer (who also penned Borat and Bruno), doesn't sugarcoat the rocky relationship between its lead characters, spouses Nat (Rose Byrne) and Josh (Rafe Spall). The dramedy follows the young newlyweds as they meander their way through the pestering, yet outlandish hassles that spring from their freshman year of marriage.
The comedy flick doesn't stoop to any lovey-dovey, vomit-inducing nonsense. The British film instead directly addresses the couple's struggle to connect with one another, a conflict that provokes both husband and wife to pursue interest in their old flames... while still hilariously attempting to keep their failed-from-the-start marriage somewhat intact.
The romantic comedy drags Rose Byrne away from her action-packed role in X-Men: First Class and throws her into familiar terrority in the comedy spectrum, reminding us of her outstanding performance in Bridesmaids.
With almost-laugh-out-loud jokes and a slew of good looking actors, I Give It A Year looks and feels a lot like Jason Segel's The Five-Year Engagement. So, if you're a fan of bumpy-marriage films, you can catch I Give It a Year during its limited release on August 9th and even sooner when it is avaliable on iTunes and VOD on July 3rd.
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