I Give It A Year

by Patrick O'Connor

 

EVER been to a wedding and wondered if the couple were right for each other?

That's the premise behind I Give It A Year, a pleasing British rom-com with more than a passing eye on the American market.

The film was written and directed by Dan Mazer, who is better known for penning the Sacha Baron Cohen films Borat and Bruno so not surprisingly there are plenty of extremely funny one-liners scattered around and some lovely, quirky set-pieces.

The film focuses with the marriage of struggling writer Josh (Rafe Spall) and high-flyer Nat (Rose Bryne) and switches between sessions with an hilarious relationship counsellor (played with plenty of relish by the superb Olivia Colman) and flashbacks of their first year together.

At the outset, some of their friends don't think they are particularly well matched and the flashbacks serve to highlight the point, providing us with a will-they/won't-they split up plotline.

Bryne has appeared in smash US hits X-Men: First Class and Bridesmaids so the couple operate in a glossy, sophisticated London minus all the nasty bits but will no doubt appear familiar to American audiences accustomed to seeing the UK through rose-coloured glasses.

But there is a splendid supporting cast of faces very recognisable to British TV viewers which gives I Give It A Year a touch of class. Indeed it could have easily come from the Richard Curtis Four Weddings And a Funeral/Notting Hill stable.

Look out for a gloriously funny cameo from Stephen Merchant (who wrote The Office with Ricky Gervais) as Josh's best man (worst man might be more appropriate).

The ending is a bit of a soppy cop-out but that shouldn't spoil your enjoyment of a film which whilst it will never produce a bucket full of belly laughs will leave you smiling when the credits roll.