Pause for kids 16 & under
Limp romcom has bickering couple, dreary image of marriage.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that I Give It a Year examines the realities of marriage, as newlyweds Nat (Rose Byrne) and Josh (Rafe Spall) discover all the little things about each other that drive them nuts. They bicker and then reconcile, but they're soon questioning whether they were too hasty in their rush to the altar -- a plotline that may not have that much built-in appeal for teens. Several scenes have flirting and sexual innuendo, and there's a series of explicit homemade sex photos (including one that's a close-up of a penis). Expect social drinking by adults, sometimes to excess, and some swearing ("f--k," "s--t," etc.).
- Families can talk about how the filmmakers depict marriage. Is it positively or negatively? What do the supporting characters tell us about long-term relationships?
- Do you think Nat and Josh belong together? Why do they bicker? Should they fight harder for their relationship?
- What role does sex play in the story? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.