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It winds up rather inelegantly shoehorning salty humor and abrasive sentiment into a genre template, but an above-average number of laugh-out-loud set-pieces compensate for the resulting wobbly narrative.
New York Times:
A smutty script and a passel of objectionable characters form an imperfect rom-com union - one that will, with any luck, fade from the mind long before its title suggests.
This is an inspired idea for a rom-com, and Mazer makes it pay off with a climactic speech that's at once a parody of the genre and utterly, bizarrely heartfelt.
The tonal clash is jarring, and Mazer doesn't help matters by erring on the side of blandness.
Manages to have its wedding cake and spit on it too.
Los Angeles Times:
By turns thoughtful, awkward and lacking in chemistry, the movie ultimately sticks to the rom-com template without making the outcome matter.
Whatever attachment we might form for the characters or their fates gets lost in thickets of farce and barrages of one-liners.
New York Daily News:
"I Give It a Year" holds a special place in film history. It's the only romantic comedy where you root for the main couple to get a divorce.
Mazer's previous onscreen experience is undeniably obvious. No penis is left unfilmed, no crude scene prevented from going on far too long.
Nothing works: not the haphazard stabs at conjuring a sweet-and-sour comic tone, not the reliance on people saying horribly inappropriate things in lieu of actual jokes, and not the one-note characters ...
Even if the emotional mathematics don't quite add up, enough diversion is provided by pic's broader comic setpieces to paper over the cracks.
Not just diverting but surprisingly thoughtful, even if we're never given too much reason to care about Nat and Josh.
In addition to some trite set pieces, writer-director Dan Mazer serves up nothing more than conspicuous cynicism masquerading as comedy.