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By Sophia Whitfield

I Give It A Year comes from Working Title Films – known for their British romantic comedy. Previous films include Notting HillFour Weddings and a FuneralBridget Jones' Diary and Love Actually. With such credits there has been much hype surrounding this release, particularly with two Australians, Rose Byrne and Simon Baker, starring in lead roles.

Written and directed by Dan Mazar, the talent behind Borat and Ali G, this has all the typical humour you would expect. The film opens at the wedding of Natasha (Rose Byrne) and Josh (Rafe Spall), usually the final event in the classic rom-com. The two newlyweds struggle through their first few months with distractions from Josh’s ex-girlfriend Chloe (Anna Faris) and Natasha’s love interest, wealthy American Simon Baker.

Although there are plenty of laughs in this film, the character development is not as well executed as in the previous hits Working Title Films have become known for. The storyline is at times a little too contrived.

It is the supporting cast that carries this film. Steve Merchant adds his classic brand of humour as Josh’s best friend, his opening speech as best man at their wedding is outrageously funny.  Minnie Driver, sister to Natasha, is the star of this film. The long suffering wife predicts, during the wedding, that Nat’s marriage will not go the distance. She is brilliant as the bored timeworn wife, every word she utters about her husband drips with sarcasm.

As Nat and Josh attempt to save their marriage they meet up with a counsellor. Olivia Coleman plays the misguided counsellor to perfection, her own life obviously in a total state of disarray.

It is the quirks of the supporting cast that make this an endearing film.

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