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I Give It a Year

What do you do if you get married and then meet the person you’re meant to be with? 

Year: 2013 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Dan Mazer 
Starring: Rose Byrne, Anna Faris, Simon Baker  
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Putting an unusual twist to the romantic comedy genre, you spend most of the film rooting for the married couple to break up! Josh (Rafe Spall) and Nat (Rose Byrne) have married after a whirlwind romance, but only two months in, the cracks are already starting to show… Nat is growing increasingly attracted to one of her clients, Guy (Simon Baker), while Josh’s ex (Anna Faris) has just moved back into town and everyone including him is starting to wonder why the two of them broke up. Despite Nat and Josh’s recent vows, the chemistry is growing pretty hard to fight.

I Give It A Year is by far the best British comedy this year. Stephen Merchant (The Office) is in his element as the best man forever trying to remove the foot from his mouth. (At least he would be if he ever noticed it was there.) Comedy timing, deadpan humour, awkward silences and occasional risqué humour are all delivered as only British films can.

This is at least partly due to the director, Dan Mazer’s influence (writer and producer of Bruno and Borat), who is a great believer in allowing on-screen talent the freedom to experiment with what they find funny. There are some moments in the film when this is skilfully used and the film is not only funny, but also feels very real.

Packed with great comedy talent and sure to tickle your funny bone - why not give it 90 minutes?

Natalie Tyldesley

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Screenings of this film:

2012/2013 Summer Term (35mm)