A couple sitting on their couch sings along to the lyrics. Painted on her left cheek is 1. Her boyfriend has “YEAR” on his right cheek. A couple in basketball jerseys claps and dances along, shows their amount of time together on their hands and then kiss. A couple by a pole have a sign on it saying “Just Engaged.”
In split screens, the couple on the left is shown in their apartment while the second couple seems to be at a school. It’s unclear from the signs how long they have been together. A couple foot wrestles on the couch with a picture frame saying 1 year.
The boyfriend holds a silver 2 balloon while the girlfriend carries a boombox with “years” written on it.
The screen splits into two and then four. One notable couple has a sign that reads “6 years of
pure bliss, keepin’ it real.” It turns into multiple couples.
The girlfriend, of the first couple, leaps into her boyfriend’s lap and gives him a kiss. One boyfriend adds their dog, moving him to the music as the girlfriend waves the sign “3 years.”
A girlfriend and boyfriend have a handmade sign over them reading “8 Years.” As they sing, their child colors in the 8.
At their home, a couple waves handmade signs in the shape of flowers, stating they have been together for 12 years. Handmade flowers are swung behind the couch by their child as their dog looks on, puzzled.
It moves onto a split screen of couples who have been together for several decades and then returns back to new couples.
The senior citizen couples dance with wine glasses. One man brings his spoon to sing into while his wife dances. Another senior citizen couple drinks milkshakes. A couple sits at their dinner table, singing. A couple with a notebook has a page in it that reads “it all began at an Andy Grammer show.”
A senior citizen tries to grab his wife’s butt. She moves his hand away as they walk away from their milkshakes. A man holding a decorated plate reading “69 years” kisses his wife.
There are too many couples. Some of them put a lot time into their signs and they pass by without registering how long they have been together. Meanwhile, other couples are given the main split screen of two and their signs are light, making it hard to read.
The couples become an amalgam of monogamy, many with at least 2 years while most have been with each other spanning for decades. There are few “months” people thrown in but not much time is spent on them. It’s as though it’s been assumed they will break up before the video has been released and want to keep it short.
The couple that makes the most impact are the ones who likely didn’t realize it. The one couple with the kid coloring the letter is sweet and astute. It seems like a home where they can kiss one minute and then try to clean up a spill the next. Chaos must be a constant in their home. The second couple is with the handmade flowers. Their dog, looking on as though his family has lost it, steals the scene right from underneath his owners. The couple has to have endless stories about their dog and the mischief that occurs.
The couple with the best sign is the one mentioned pure bliss, with a strikethrough and then added in “keepin’ it real.” They seem like two people who have had a long history, filled with break ups but have made it through. However, most of them choose to sit on their couches and wave their signs, from both young and old alike. Unless, something else is going on in the background, they become filler.
While it may have been an effort to include as people as they could without ticking off the fanbase, the choice to have hundreds of people clutters the video. The one chance to really see everyone is to pause and take a screenshot, take note of who they are and watch it again.
Director: N/A Year: 2014
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