Dysfunctional is definitely a word I would use to describe this film.
“I Give It A Year” follows the trials and tribulations of a young couple who, after marrying shortly after meeting, struggle through married life for the first year of their new lives. Rafe Spall and Rose Byrne are the couple in question but as their lives take a turn away from each other and into the arms of ex-girlfriends (Anna Faris) and business colleagues (Simon Baker) everything turns to turmoil with hilarious results.
Awkward is another word I would use to describe this film. Much of the comedy stems from the wrong thing being said at the wrong time in front of the wrong people. Steven Merchant’s best friend role is one he plays to perfection as it’s not too much of a stretch from his normal self as Ricky Gervais’ right-hand man.
Spall is great fun in the film and has to carry a lot of the comedy himself, having a very quirky relationship with his Ex, where Byrne is a more serious person and the situations she finds herself in lend themselves more to the “should she/shouldn’t she” question.
It’s not the funniest film ever made, but it’s well worth a chuckle and I can’t help think that the film would have benefited more from a full cinema, rather than a 7-person screening (yes I was the odd one out). Comedy films tend to work a lot better when there’s more people watching.
That being said, the first third of the film and the last third definitely have moments which are very funny and “Laugh Out Loud” but the middle section does seem to focus more on which way the characters will turn than the comedy aspect.
Worth a watch, by maybe a DVD viewing in a year or so rather than making a special trip to see on the big screen.