In ‘I Give It a Year,’ romance meets raunch

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I Give It a Year

Since it looks like the romantic comedy isn’t going away any time soon, some filmmakers are trying to make the most of it. Indie filmmaker Joe Swanberg, for example, has applied the so-called “mumblecore” style to the genre in the upcoming “Drinking Buddies.” And first-time director Dan Mazer, screenwriter of films such as “Borat” (2006) and “The Dictator” (2012), combines the raunchy humor of those films with romantic comedy conventions in “I Give It a Year.”

The tonal clash is jarring, and Mazer doesn’t help matters by erring on the side of blandness. In one scene a character facetiously comments, all too accurately, “This is just like a Hugh Grant movie!”

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