Dan Mazer

Robert De Niro in Grudge Match

We can never have too many wacky road trip comedies, but they need to involve particular formula to make things extra off-the-wall. Here’s one version: take a no-nonsense youngster — extra points if he’s a millennial completely dependent on technology who doesn’t appreciate how good things are nowadays (a mile uphill in the snow to school, etc., etc.) — and pair him with a zany sex-obsessed octogenarian who just wants to party. And party hard! Where we going? Vegas? Why? Who cares? Such an adventure is set to star Zac Efron and Robert De Niro with a script by John Phillips and direction by frequent Sacha Baron Cohen collaborator Dan Mazer (he’s a writer on Borat, Bruno and The Dictator). The project is going through a bit of an identity crisis at this point — it’s either called Dirty Grandpa or Driving Dick Kelly, depending on which outlet you consult. But the premise is the same no matter the name: Efron will play a very uptight young man with a huge problem: he’s going to marry the wrong woman! He is also tricked into driving his grandfather (De Niro), a retired, recently widowed and — this is important — perverted Army general, down to Florida for spring break. We all know where it goes from there. Spring. Break. Forevahhh. Question: How would Robert De Niro look in a pastel colored balaclava while holding a machine gun? Is there any answer besides amazing?


I Give It A Year Trailer

It’s been awhile since we got a truly funny, delectably biting British rom-com shipped over America way. Where is this generation’s Four Weddings and A Funeral? Wither a new Bridget Jones’s Diary? We’d even accept the merry tears of Love, Actually at this point. And, apparently, the team over at Working Title Films is well aware of that, as the first trailer for their I Give It A Year proudly announces that it’s from the same team as both Bridget Jones and Love, Actually within its first ten seconds. Giving the people what they want! From writer and director (and Ali G alum) Dan Mazer, I Give It A Year follows the hilariously rocky trials and travails of Rose Byrne and Rafe Spall during their characters’ first year of marriage. They have…a lot of problems. Give the trailer for I Give It A Year a look after the break, and start placing your bets on just how long this marriage will last.


Byrne and Faris

They always say that the first year of being married is the hardest. So hard, in fact, that watching newlyweds suffer through things can be pretty fertile grounds for comedy. Or at least that’s the bet writer/director Dan Mazer (Dog Bites Man) is making with his new romantic comedy I Give It A Year. This one tells the story of a horribly mismatched couple trying to survive their first year together, and from the title and the cast announced so far, it would seem that it also heavily involves the couple’s skeptical friends. Prometheus actor Rafe Spall is already set to play the husband, and according to a report from Variety, Anna Faris has agreed to join the film as his wife. That isn’t the end of things as far as casting news goes, though. Margin Call’s Simon Baker and Bridesmaids’ Rose Byrne are also signed up to play what are described as “strong supporting characters.” Whether that term is to be taken figuratively or literally, it presumably points to the fact that they will be the principal actors’ naysaying friends.

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published: 01.27.2015
published: 01.27.2015
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