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Douglass’ “SXSW Reviews: I Give It a Year” Pretty Down to Earth

In response to Edward Douglas’s 678‑word review of I Give It a Year on

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The bare minimum works sometimes; some writing needs to just get to the point. This is where Edward Douglas’ “SXSW Reviews: I Give It a Year, Good Vibrations, Hours”  comes in.

If you want an entertaining review full of bite look elsewhere, but if you want a review that is consistent and informative look no further. Drew does an excellent job of reeling in his excitement as there are little to no spoilers throughout the course of his critique.

Edward’s critique is pretty down to Earth, and written in such a way that most people will understand what he is getting at. He understands that the film is less about romance and more about deconstructing the rom-com formula, and he takes this idea and explores it a bit.

You get a genuine sense that Edward enjoyed the film; he also doesn’t pull any punches as far as where the film’s biggest flaws lie. For the most part, the issues are reasonably addressed, and not written simply for the sake of being written. He does go a little overboard in outlining each characters personality, but does little wrong everywhere else.

Fans of Rex Reed or Roger Ebert are unlikely to find much pleasure here, but at the end of the day the review is solid, honest, and well written. However, there isn’t a lot of fun to be had here. There are easily far worst reviews out but this one won’t be remembered for very long.    

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