I recently saw "I Give It a Year" in the theatres. While the movie was okay but not great (see more later), I thought the soundtrack had a number of interesting moments and decided to check it out.
"I Give It a Year: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" (15 tracks; 58 min.) is most certainly a varied hodgepodge of various styles and moods. Let's start with the cover songs: the soundtrack opens with a terrible cover of the Stephanie Mills classic "Never Knew Love Like This Before" by Jessie Ware. There is an okay but not great cover of the Crowded House classic "Don't Dream It's Over" by someone named Lolo. But there is a birlliant cover of the Coldplay heartbreaker "Sparks" by Kristina Train (the songs plays in a pivotal moment of the movie). Other noteworthy songs include Paul Weller's oldie-but-goodie "You Do Something To Me" (from the mid-90s, has it really been that long already?), Snow Patrol's wistful "When Love Breaks Down" (from their Eyes Open album), and Zero 7's "Give It Away" (from their Simple Things album). Also pleasant are Lauren Prtichard's reggae-fused "Stuck" and DJ Shadow's take on "This Time (I'm Gonna Try It My Way)". In all, not a bad soundtrack.
As to the movie, "I Give It a Year" (2013 release; 97 min.) is a British rom-com that follows a young couple in the first year of their marriage. Nat (played by Rose Byrne) and Josh (played by Rafe Spall) marry only months after meeting and then find out that marriage isn't all they thought it would be. We find the couple at a marriage counselor retelling in flashbacks what has happened, primarily Nat being courted by a smooth American business executive (played by Simon "Then Mentalist" Baker) and Josh still having feelings for an ex-girlfriend (played by Anna Faris). Several comments: this movie goes blatantly after the same vibe that made "Four Wedding and a Funeral" and "Notting Hill" such a big international success. In that sense, the movie is utterly predictable from the get-go, yet I must admit that I found myself charmed and entertained throughout the movie. Rose Byrne oozes charms as the leading lady. Then there is Josh's best friend (and best man at the wedding), played by Steven Merchant, who goes on to steal several scenes in the movie with his politically incorrect remarks about everything and everyone. Also quite delightful is Minnie Driver as one of the extended family members.
In all, the movie is mindless entertainment. No, this isn't going to win any Oscars, but take it for what it is: predictable as much as it is enjoyable.