I GIVE IT A YEAR Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 SXSW Film Festival.  I Give It a Year opens tomorrow in limited release.]

Dan Mazer‘s I Give It a Year is the rom-com in reverse and two rom-coms in one. Mazer takes the difficult task of showing a marriage fall apart, and turns it into a surprisingly funny and witty comedy that never feels cynical. And it’s absolutely easy to be cynical when it comes to marriage because of the 50% divorce rate. But like any good comic writer, Mazer finds the humor in an unlikely topic, and succeeds with sharp dialogue, talented actors, and wisely keeping the tone of the film the same as an average romantic comedy.

Dan Mazer Talks I GIVE IT A YEAR, His Inspiration for the Edgy Comedy, Casting the Right Actors and the Key to Directing, Plus His Upcoming Projects

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Filmmaker Dan Mazer gives the rom com genre a fresh spin in his debut as a feature film director.  In his hilarious new comedy, I Give It a Year, about the trials and tribulations of a newlywed couple, the writer of Borat and Bruno starts where other romantic comedies finish and delivers a witty, entertaining movie that plays against all those set pieces that audiences have seen a million times.  Opening August 9th, the film stars Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Anna Faris and Simon Baker and features a strong supporting cast that includes Stephen Merchant, Minnie Driver, Jason Flemyng and Olivia Colman.

In an exclusive interview, Mazer talked about what inspired him to make an edgy comedy about the realities of first year marriage, how the key to directing is to surround yourself with brilliant people and let them do their thing, why writing compelling characters and casting the right actors to play them was essential to capturing the right tone, what Baker who has the least comedic background brought to his role, how he discovered he enjoys directing a lot more than writing, and his upcoming projects, all comedies, including an as yet untitled TV pilot for Fox and several film scripts that he’s considering directing.  Hit the jump for the full interview.

Trailer and Poster for I GIVE IT A YEAR Starring Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Simon Baker, and Anna Faris

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Magnolia has released the trailer and poster for Dan Mazer‘s reverse romantic-comedy, I Give It a Year.  The film stars Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) and Rafe Spall (Prometheus) as a mismatched couple and centers on their struggle to survive their first year of marriage.  This trailer shares some of the jokes with the one we saw last year, but it’s still very funny stuff.  I really enjoyed the film when I caught it at SXSW, and this trailer makes me want to see it again.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster.  The film also stars Anna Faris, Simon Baker, Stephen Merchant, Minnie Driver, Jason Flemyng, and Olivia Coleman. I Give It a Year hits VOD on July 3rd and opens in theaters on August 9th.

SXSW 2013: I GIVE IT A YEAR Review

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Dan Mazer‘s I Give It a Year is the rom-com in reverse and two rom-coms in one.  Mazer takes the difficult task of showing a marriage fall apart, and turns it into a surprisingly funny and witty comedy that never feels cynical.  And it’s absolutely easy to be cynical when it comes to marriage because of the 50% divorce rate.  But like any good comic writer, Mazer finds the humor in an unlikely topic, and succeeds with sharp dialogue, talented actors, and wisely keeping the tone of the film the same as an average romantic comedy.

New Trailer for I GIVE IT A YEAR Starring Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, and Stephen Merchant

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A new trailer for the British romantic comedy I Give It a Year has been released online.  The film stars Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) and Rafe Spall (Prometheus) as a mismatched couple and centers on their struggle to survive their first year of marriage.  While the logline and “romantic comedy” description may sound a bit trite, this actually looks like a solid comedy.  The new trailer features some great stuff from Stephen Merchant and even a solid Justin Bieber joke for good measure.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Written and directed by Dan Mazer (Borat), the film also stars Minnie DriverJason FlemyngOlivia Colman, and Jane Asher.  I Give It A Year opens in the UK on February 8, 2013. 

First Images and Synopsis for I GIVE IT A YEAR Starring Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, and Simon Baker

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A few weeks ago, Steve attended the American Film Market (AFM) and was able to bring back some promo images, posters, and synopses for a few upcoming films.  Today we have the first images and synopsis for the romantic comedy I Give it a Year, which centers on a mismatched couple as they struggle to survive their first year of marriage.  Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) and Rafe Spall (Anonymous) star as the newlywed couple, while Simon Baker and Anna Faris appear in supporting roles as temptations for the duo.

Hit the jump to check out the first images and synopsis for the film, which was written and directed by Dan Mazer (Borat, Bruno).  I Give It a Year opens in the UK on February 8, 2013.

NOT SAFE FOR WORK Hires Max Minghella and Eloise Mumford; Rafe Spall in I GIVE IT A YEAR

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Director Joe Johnston has gone from the big budgets of Captain America: The First Avenger down to the micro-budget of Not Safe for Work. He must be a good barterer because Universal Pictures has tapped Max Minghella (The Social Network) and Eloise Mumford (The River) to star in the Blumhouse Productions thriller.  Written by Adam Mason and Simon Boyes, Not Safe for Work centers on a young paralegal (Minghella) trapped at work while a killer is on the loose with orders to destroy certain files and neutralize anyone who tries to stop him. Mumford is in talks to play his co-worker girlfriend.

In other casting news, Rafe Spall (Anonymous) is in talks to topline I Give it a Year for writer/director Dan Mazer (Da Ali G Show). The rom-com follows a young married couple trying to stay together through their first year of marriage. Production is scheduled to begin in London this spring. Hit the jump for more on both projects.

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