This may not be the best film in British film history, but it definitely covers issues which sadly remain taboo in today's society. Joely Richardson is arguably not in her element in the film, but her complicity with Hugh Laurie is definitely convincing. Hugh Laurie's portrayal of a desperate screenwriter drawing inspiration from his personal experience is touching (if, at times, slightly unrealistic). And Tom Hollander is brilliant. Vulgar, but brilliant. Shame about Emma Thompson, Rowan Atkinson, Joanna Lumley and Dawn French have such small roles, but nevertheless, I think that despite the film's numerous lows, the chemistry between Laurie and Richardson is undeniable, enabling the narration of a truly moving tale.