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Marriage? He's only Joshing

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 31, 2013

Rafe Spall, Minnie Driver and Stephen Merchant star in I Give It A Year

Rafe Spall, Minnie Driver and Stephen Merchant star in I Give It A Year

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A MONTH into a new year and already we have been given an embarrassment of film riches.

And a new anti-romantic comedy starring Rafe Spall and Rose Byrne looks set to be another cracker which may entice you out of the warmth of your home.

If romantic comedies leave you feeling slightly nauseous then you're in for a treat with I Give It A Year.

Written and directed by Dan Mazer, who's worked with Sacha Baron Cohen on Da Ali G Show, Borat and Bruno, the British movie starts where other romcoms finish – lifting the veil on the realities of the first year of marriage when the couple in question are wildly unsuited.

"You watch certain romantic comedies and you root for these characters to get together, but in reality they have a hilarious journey getting together because they're not quite right for each other," says 29-year-old Rafe Spall, who plays semi-successful novelist Josh, opposite Rose Byrne's ambitious high-flyer Nat.

"I suppose this film starts off where the conventional romantic comedy ends, where an unlikely couple gets together against all odds," continues Spall.

"And then it looks at what happens when these two characters have to actually lead their life together."

The son of renowned thespian Timothy Spall he is handsome – in a slightly dishevelled way – but the actor, who once weighed 18 stone, reveals he had to persuade the powers-that-be that he could pull off a romantic lead.

"I had to prove I was handsome, funny and charismatic enough," he says with an endearingly goofy grin.

But then the whole point is that Josh isn't the 'perfect man'. In fact he's the antithesis of the type of person Nat would usually go for.

"I think she's going into the marriage knowing there are differences but celebrating them, and thinking that what they have will carry them through," says Australian-born Byrne.

It's a film, which despite the wintry weather, looks worthy of getting out the house for.

The film is released next Friday.

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