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2.0 out of 5 stars Like a jigsaw that's been put together in the wrong order, 5 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: I Give It a Year [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
I always feel bad about being negative towards the British film industry. We don't have Hollywood's budget so I always try to support the national film industry. And, `I Give it a Year' certainly boasts an impressive cast of fine British (and even American) actors.

It's about a couple who have only known each other for seven months before they decide to get married. This film charts the first year of their subsequent life together. The characters are all beautiful, rich, thin people who work in trendy London offices, live in stylish Victorian apartments and can afford lavish, high-society weddings. The male characters are either or both selfish or stupid (Rafe Spall attempting to `out-annoy' Jar Jar Binks at some stages). And the American characters are seemingly parachuted into the story to save the lovelorn Brits.

I found the film a bit of an enigma. I stuck with it to the end and enjoyed some of it. Every scene felt like a sketch that would fit right in during an (adult) sketch show (think `That Mitchell and Webb Look' or `Armstrong and Miller'), however, using it in the context of an ongoing narrative, it just didn't work. The parts were funny; it's just they didn't seem to go with each other.

With the calibre of acting talent amassed here, it should have been brilliant, yet, despite being funny, it somehow left me cold. A weird contradiction in film-making.
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Initial post: 5 Jun 2013 23:10:22 BDT
oldbillie says:
Good review!

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2013 08:05:31 BDT
Albatross says:
Thank you! Thinking back on the film, some of the individual scenes were very funny and well-written. It's just, for some reason, they didn't gel together.

It's a weird film that just kind of left me absolutely cold by the end of it. Possibly, although the characters were funny, they weren't likeable enough to really care about.

Posted on 11 Sep 2013 11:28:04 BDT
L. R. Miller says:
Just a note you mention American actors, the only one of note is Anna Faris. Rose Byrne and Simon Baker are Aussies.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Sep 2013 11:40:44 BDT
Albatross says:
Oops, my mistake - I must have seen them in so many Hollywood films, I just assumed they were U.S. actors
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