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FILM REVIEW: I GIVE IT A YEAR

| Mar 1, 2013 3:34am EST | 1min:52sec

Zany and original, I Give it a Year is no Love Actually, but it offers something different for those sick of the tired old romantic comedy formula. (AAP/Caris Bizzaca) SCRIPT - Ten minutes in, you would be forgiven for thinking Aussie Rose Byrne's latest film I Give it a Year is your typical English romantic comedy. After a quick montage explaining how loved-up couple Nat (Byrne) and Josh (Rafe Spall) first met, there's all the cliches. The sprawling garden wedding, the upbeat pop music and the cringeworthy speech from socially-awkward best man Danny (The Office writer Stephen Merchant). However they're there on purpose. I Give it a Year may have been produced by the same people behind Bridget Jones's Diary and Love Actually, but it's written and directed by Dan Mazer (Sacha Baron Cohen collaborator and writer for the likes of Bruno). The combination delivers an enjoyable in-your-face funny film, but one that is never quite as memorable as the romantic comedies it's subverting. Tracking this oddly matched, and often quite dislikeable, couple's first year of marriage, instead of hoping they'll stay together forever, you're more than likely wishing they would break up. Byrne, who sports an English accent and uptight demeanour as Nat, isn't the only Aussie in disguise in the cast. Simon Baker plays her American client Guy, a suave entrepreneur far better suited to her than her man-child husband, who also runs into temptation when an old flame (played by Anna Faris) comes back into his life. I Give it a Year is filled with lots of awkward humour, but it also varies into the absurd, blunt British humour reminiscent of a Ricky Gervais/Stephen Merchant no-holds-barred kind of comedy. Zany and original, I Give it a Year is no Love Actually, but it offers something different for those sick of the tired old romantic comedy formula

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