Movie review: I Give It A Year (+trailer)

By Craig Nicholson

There's no doubt about it - the British turn out some wonderful comedies.

The best of them are not the "cream pie in the face" type of humour; they're the result of extremely clever writing and some wonderfully creative characters.

I Give It a Year is one such movie.

Unaccompanied by much fanfare, it is a sneaky little film that delivers an unexpected amount of laughs.

It seems impossible to think of sitting through this without laughing regularly.

Boasting a strong cast, this rom-com tracks the first year of marriage of Nat (Rose Byrne) and Josh (Rafe Spall).

Swept up in a whirlwind romance, the pair defy their obvious differences to tie the knot after just seven months.

The omens aren't good from the start when Josh's best man (the hilarious Stephen Merchant) does his best to destroy the marriage in his reception speech.

And it does go downhill from there for Nat and Josh.

While the couple aren't prepared to give up on their marriage, matters are complicated by the arrival on the scene of two people they would much rather have signed up to spend their lives with.

Chloe (a remarkably plain-looking Anna Faris) was Josh's girlfriend before she left to fulfil her humanitarian ideals in Africa.

When she returns to London, it is clear the chemistry between the pair has never gone away.

Nat is torn when she meets a new client, Guy (Simon Baker) - and is swept away by his smooth demeanour and charm.

As we track our way through their chaotic year, the laughs come thick and fast.

And Josh certainly doesn't endear himself to Nat's family with a particularly inappropriate game of charades.

Also, be warned - every time the best man enters, you know you are set for plenty of inappropriate humour.

I Give It A Year will keep you laughing and it's great value for a night at the movies.

I Give It A Year

(M) 102 minutes

Rating: 4.5 / 5


- Hamilton News

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