A look at the trials and tribulations of a newlywed couple during their first year of marriage.
I Give It a Year has all the outrageous, embarrassment-based moments you’d expect from one of the creators of “Borat.” Indeed this film has one of the best charades gags ever. But there’s plenty of sweetness and charm, too. You root for both bride and gro
That Mazer succeeds in playing this for laughs — however sporadic — rather than as a kitchen-sink downer is an achievement in itself.
A smart farce that would make Hugh Grant and his fans proud.
The result is funny and plausible, with a fair bit of newly modish Bridesmaidsy bad taste, though I kept getting the sense that the romcom template meant Mazer couldn’t really let rip with pure comedy pessimism and cynicism in the way he might have liked.
The jokes are strong and delivered by a very talented cast, but the heart isn’t there. It’s easy to laugh, but hard to care.
Much of the film’s attempted laughs come from the comedy-of-discomfort school, with an endless array of situations that milk awkwardness to a degree that makes these scenes far more unpleasant than humorous to watch.
Shockingly, the kind of cringe-inducing material upon which Mr. Mazer has built a career as a writer for Sacha Baron Cohen (“Bruno,” “Borat,” “Da Ali G Show”) doesn’t work when rendered by types who could have been cast in “Notting Hill” (someone even mak