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I Give It a Year Review

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  • 3.0
    50

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    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 10

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal John Anderson

    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 makes a Hugh Grant joke). It's rather close to excruciating.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Leslie Felperin

    If the emotional mathematics don’t quite add up, enough diversion is provided by pic’s broader comic setpieces to paper over the cracks.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    An above-average number of laugh-out-loud set pieces compensate for the resulting wobbly narrative.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

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.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Marriage is hard work, and couples need to be committed both to each other and to the reality that staying together is a choice. The film makes it clear that sticking together long after the honeymoon is over can be tough -- though it doesn't do much to show that there are also benefits from long-term relationships.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Nat and Josh leap into marriage after a whirlwind romance and slowly start to realize what it actually means to be with a partner forever. They love each other, but they're gradually falling out of love, and they make the mature decision to focus on the immediate goal of making it to their first anniversary. Still, they're also keeping their options open, since both are also flirting with other people, and it's not clear whether they're truly committed to the relationship.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Some bitter arguments.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Plenty of sexual innuendo, and one sequence of quite explicit photographs of a couple having sex, including a close-up of a penis. Women are sometimes seen in their underwear. A woman finds herself involved in a threesome, though the scene is more comical than erotic, and all the participants remain clothed. Some flirtatious banter between a married woman and a single man who's trying to seduce her.

  • language false3

    Language: Occasional profanity includes "f--k," "s--t," "crap" and a very unusual game of charades featuring a long stream of increasingly crass synonyms for "vagina."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: One character has a large Mac computer on her desk, visible in multiple scenes. Some people have iPhones.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking at parties, weddings, and meals. Adult characters sometimes get drunk and act silly.

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