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I Give it a Year

MV5BMTg5NDk4MTUwNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDU5MTc4OQ@@._V1_SY317_CR4,0,214,317_Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Minnie Driver, Anna Faris, Simon Baker

Nat (Byrne) and Josh (Spall) get married, but something wasn’t quite right then and isn’t quite right now. Her sister quite rightly said at the wedding “I give it a year”.

Nat meets Guy (Baker) and doesn’t tell him that she’s married. He is a suave, rich, successful businessman – everything that Josh is not. They are attracted to each other and even when Guy finds out that Nat is married, he still wants to pursue her.

At the same time, Josh is struggling with feelings for his ex-girlfriend, Chloe (Faris).  So Josh fixes Chloe up with Guy, and the four of them go out together. It is clear that they are with the wrong people. But will they work it out and swap partners?

Good performances from Byrne, Farris and Driver. Spall provided most of the comedy, as well as Olivia Colman. Josh’s best friend was a disaster – he was so crass that he nearly ruined the film for me, it was too over the top and should have been cut.

This is not a stand out film, despite the great actors. I was expecting a lot more and was pretty disappointed. But, saying that, it’s not a complete washout and still worth a look, particularly when paired with another movie for the night.

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Bridesmaids

MV5BMjAyOTMyMzUxNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODI4MzE0NA@@._V1._SY317_CR0,0,214,317_Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne

Wiig plays Annie, a woman who has hit rock bottom – low self-esteem, lost her business, her boyfriend, all her money, and is kicked out of her apartment. But the one thing she does have is a best friend – Lilian. Lilian is getting married and Annie is her maid of honour. However, Annie finds out that she has competition in the form of Helen (Rose Byrne) who is vying for best friend and head bridesmaid.

The five bridesmaids and the bride-to-be embark on some hilarious pre-wedding rituals, none of which go according to plan, as Annie battles Helen for Lilian’s affections. And during the disasters, Annie meets a man who really likes her, but she needs to sort herself out before she can have a functional relationship again. And before she can perform her bridesmaid duties properly!

Wiig has been a favourite bit part rom com actor of mine in movies liked Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Adventureland, and Whip It and she is most excellent in the lead role in Bridesmaids. Bridesmaid Megan is played by Melissa McCarthy who is a fantastic actor and was responsible for a lot of the humour. There are some parts of the film that will have you in stitches. One friend reported back to me that she wet her pants!

There was an awful lot of hype about this movie, and I’m pleased to report that it doesn’t disappoint. Probably my only criticism would be that some of the bridesmaids could have been explored more, perhaps reducing numbers would have helped to get to know them. However, on the whole, this one is a cracker! It’s delightful, and funny, and worth watching more than once. It’s one to add to the home collection.

Get him to the Greek

Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Moss

Aaron (played by Hill) has been assigned by his music company to collect temperamental UK rocker Aldous Snow from the band Infant Sorrow (played by Brand) and bring him to LA to play the Greek Theatre. It’s been a decade since Infant Sorrow played the Greek, and this gig will earn both Aaron and his company a lot of money.

Aldous wrote an incredibly bad song which sent his last album crashing. He is now a ‘has been’, but still has a lot of die-hard fans, including Aaron. Aaron believes in Aldous and they develop a relationship – a relationship that involves a lot of partying!

Aldous, you’ll remember, is the rock star character in the film Forgetting Sarah Marshall starring Jason Segal. Segal has written most of the Infant Sorrow songs in this film, as well as creating the characters.  Songs include “Gang of Lust”, “Going Up”, “Bangers, Beans and Mash”, “The Clap”, and the classic from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, “Inside of You”.

Support roles played by Elisabeth Moss (Aaron’s partner) and Rose Byrne (Aldous’ ex-partner) are excellent, especially Bryne as pop queen Jackie Q. Both guys explore issues with their respective relationships, but for Aldous, the relationship he needs to sort out is the one with himself.

This is a really funny movie, and we laughed out loud on both the viewings we had. Jonah Hill is great, and it’s refreshing to see him play a nice guy this time around. Highly recommend if you like movies like The Hangover.

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