Lessons in Love

Lessons in Love

Tom Vaughan (2014)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Also known as How to Make Love like an Englishman and Some Kind of Beautiful, this amalgam of romantic comedy clichés is so dismal that it almost distracts from the smug chauvinism and offensive misanthropy that marbles Matthew Newman's execrable script. At its heart is Pierce Brosnan, as a Cambridge poetry professor who relocates to Malibu after getting student Jessica Alba pregnant and then takes a tilt at her older sister, Salma Hayek, when she is cuckolded by dullard Ben McKenzie. But, just when you think things can't get any worse, Brosnan's womanising father, Malcolm McDowell, arrives to drag this farrago to new lows. It says much that scenes of public urination and simulated orgasm are respectively pitched as quaint and hilariously original. Reuniting after Brett Ratner's 2004 comic caper After the Sunset, Brosnan and Hayek lack chemistry. But their reluctance to put much effort into a joyless mess, directed by Tom Vaughan without a shred of finesse, is perhaps understandable.


A womanising professor settles down with his younger girlfriend and their son, only for her to leave him for someone else. Her sister visits him to make sure he is being a good father and has not slipped back into old habits, but ends up falling in love with him. Romantic comedy, starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Jessica Alba and Malcolm McDowell.

Cast & Crew

Richard Pierce Brosnan
Olivia Salma Hayek
Kate Jessica Alba
Gordon Malcolm McDowell
Jake Duncan Joiner
Brian Ben McKenzie
Angela Merrin Dungey
Piggott Fred Melamed
Director Tom Vaughan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Arrow FilmsReleased on: 25 Sep 2015
Comedy Drama