Minnie Driver‘s character in romantic comedy “I Give It a Year” spends much of the film hilariously throwing out insults and negativisms about the pic’s central couple and marriage in general. “(Helmer) Dan Mazer egged me on to be as awful as I could be,” she laughed before a screening of the pic Aug. 1 at the ArcLight in Hollywood. But unlike her character, the thesp joked easily with Mazer, met with fans outside the theater for photos and autographs, and also talked about her commitment to Oxfam to help poor people out of poverty.
Mazer’s inspiration for the unconventional rom-com, which opens in the U.S. on Aug. 9, was a friend’s wedding where everyone was talking about how mismatched the couple were. “The best thing the groom could find to say about his bride was how difficult it was for her to find her cell phone, and he found that endearing,” he recalled. “That’s not a basis for a marriage.” But it did become the basis for “Borat” scribe Mazer’s helming bow.
After the screening, guests met for an intimate after party at Wood and Vine.