Claire: 5/5 stars, 8.2/10.
Carolyn: 4/5 stars, 8/10.
Native ratings: 3.6/5 stars Netflix, 6.3/10 IMDB.

2 salesmen lose their jobs, so they decide to *compete* to become employees at Google. My god… Is our economy so bad that even our comedy movies are about getting jobs?!

The fact of the matter is, however: Excellent cast and writing. Entertaining, funny, and the Googliest movie I’ve ever seen. It seems like such a given that anybody who likes technology and comedy should watch this.

But I’d go further and say this movie has a universal appeal, esepecially with today’s economy. Pretty much everyone has suffered through the indignity of being forced to compete against your peers for those meager (and sometimes not-so-meager) scraps of bread our slavelords allow us.

So let’s watch these poor schmucks be put through a ringer far worse than the ones we’ve been put through… And lets get drunk and laugh at them! Win!

Directed by Shawn Levy (Date Night, The Pink Panther (2006), 1 ep of Birds Of Prey).
Written by Vince Vaughn and Jared Stern (Wreck-It Ralph).

Starring Vince Vaughn (Made, Swingers, Anchorman movies, Wedding Crashers, Fred Claus, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Four Christmases, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, 1 ep of Mr. Show) as Billy McMahon.
Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers, Meet The Parents movies, Bottle Rocket, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Zoolander, Armageddon, The Cable Guy, 1 ep of Drunk History) as Nick Campbell.
Rose Byrne (I Give It A Year, Moira from X-Men: First Class, Get Him To The Greek, 28 Weeks Later, Star Wars: Episode 2, 1 ep of Portlandia) as Dana, the employee whom Nick has a crush on.
Aasif Mandvi (Movie 43, The Dictator, It’s Kind Of A Funny Story, The Last Airbender movie, Spider-Man 2, 1 ep of King Of The Hill, 1 ep of Curb Your Enthusiasm) as Mr. Chetty.
Max Minghella (The Social Network, How To Lose Friends & Alienate People) as Graham Hawtrey, the leader of the rival team.
Josh Brener (2 eps of The Big Bang Theory) as Lyle, the 23-year old team mentor.
Dylan O’Brien (39 eps of Teen Wolf) as Stuart, the “cool” teammate.
Tiya Sircar (17 Again, 1 ep of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) as Neha, the “fun girl” teammate.
Tobit Raphael as Yo-Yo Santos, the home-schooled teammate.
Josh Gad (Mondo in Good Vibes) as Headphones.
Jessica Szohr (Fired Up!) as Marielena.
Rob Riggle (President Of The Navy in NTSF:SD:SUV, The Hangover, The Lorax, Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby, 6 eps of Human Giant, 4 eps of American Dad, 1 ep of Ugly Americans, 1 ep of Childrens Hospital, 1 ep of Drunk History) as Randy
Eric Andre (The Eric Andre Show, The Invention Of Lying, 2 eps of Curb Your Enthusiasm) as Sid.
Gary Anthony Williams (Stevie’s dad in Malcolm In The Middle, Uncle Ruckus in The Boondocks, Kung Fu Panda movies, China IL, Mad, The Goode Family, 8 eps of The Eric Andre Show, 3 eps of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, 3 eps of Weeds, 1 ep of Beware The Batman) as Bob Williams.
John Goodman as Nick and Billy’s Boss (uncredited).
Will Ferrell as Matress Salesman (uncredited), Nick’s sister’s boyfriend. I wonder why he and John Goodman were uncredited.
Also: B.J. Novak (The Office, Knocked Up, Inglourious Basterds, The Smurfs movies) as Male Interviewer.


VIDEO: MOVIES: REVIEW: I Give It a Year (2013)

I Give It A Year (2013) – Clio: 3/5 stars, 6.4/10.
Carolyn: 3/5 stars, 6.4/10.
Native ratings: 3.4/5 stars Netflix, 6.0/10 IMDB.

This was most likely selected to be watched because 1) Anna Faris, 2) sounded tolerable. Pleased to say it delivered on both fronts, and even exceeded the average rom-com. This is a *BRITISH* rom-com, so there’s a bit more nuance and class to things (even though 2 of the 4 main characters are USAians).

The beginning half was much funnier than the ending half — like most formulaic rom-coms. INCREDIBLY AWKWARD SCENES. Lots of awkwardness. So awkward.

Things get interesting when we start to realize that instead of the normal a love triangle (or love line segment), this movie gives us a love quadrangle.

Things get even more interesting when you realize that this movie actually has a yin-yang zen balance to it that other rom-coms want — This is as much about ending a bad relationship as it is about starting a good relationship.

The ending was pretty damn unique and awesome for a romantic comedy, and the movie is possibly solely worth watching just for The Climactic Scene That Is The Opposite Of What You’d Think It Would Be, and The Twice As Improbable As Usual Ending Scene.

I’d recommend it if you want to see a “rom-com done right” (not my words).

Directed and written by Dan Mazer (writer of Bruno, 4 eps of Da Ali G Show, Director of 6 eps of Da Ali G Show)

Starring Rafe Spall (Prometheus, Shaun Of The Dead, Grindhouse, Hot Fuzz, Life Of Pi) as the husband Josh.
Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert in X-Men: First Class, Get Him To The Greek, 28 Weeks Later, Sunshine, 1 ep of Portlandia) as Josh’s wife, Nat.
Anna Faris as Chloe, the ex-girlfriend.
Simon Baker (Sex And Death 101, L.A. Confidential) as That Corporate Guy Who Would Be Hugh Grant If This Was Another Movie.
Stephen Merchant (Ricky Gervais‘s sidekick) as the Glen Colen the creepy friend.
Minnie Driver (Brooke Shields in the South Park movie, Carlotta in The Phantom Of The Opera) as the friend who hates her husband, Naomi. Damn she’s still got it going on.
Jason Flemyng (Azazel in X-Men: First Class, Hanna, Clash Of The Titans remake, Kick-Ass, Mirrors, Transporter 2, Snatch, Clueless) as Hugh, the husband.
Nigel Planer (Neil from the Young Ones, The Colour Of Magic, Hogfather, Brazil) as someone’s dad.
Jane Asher (she’s been around since the 50’s.) as Diana, main wife’s mom.