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The Love Punch

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2013
  • Joel Hopkins
  • 90 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Romantic comedy starring Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson. Divorced couple Richard and Kate reunite to get their own back on the unscrupulous employer who has swindled Richard out of his pension.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Emma Thompson reteams here with British writer/director Joel Hopkins, who previously cast her in the underrated romantic comedy Last Chance Harvey opposite Dustin Hoffman. This time he's paired her with Pierce Brosnan in a screwball caper full of fizz and pop that tracks the bumbling efforts of a divorced couple to steal a diamond from the fat cat (Laurent Lafitte) who has squandered their pension fund. Hopkins may be courting an older audience here, but not necessarily a more mature one. Thompson and Brosnan are giddy as schoolkids on a mission that takes them to the French Riviera, where they scale cliff-faces, get into car chases, and, yes, fall in love with each other all over again. The chemistry is bang on and Celia Imrie and Timothy Spall provide sterling back-up. If the plot is a bit clumsy, that's more than made up for with sheer exuberance and plenty of cheeky banter. It's utterly silly but that is also the film's charm, proving that retirement doesn't have to mean quiet retreat.

Credits

Cast

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KateEmma Thompson
RichardPierce Brosnan
JerryTimothy Spall
PenelopeCelia Imrie
Manon FontaineLouise Bourgoin
Vincent KugerLaurent Lafitte
SophieTuppence Middleton

Crew

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DirectorJoel Hopkins

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment One
Released on
2014-04-18
Languages
English | French
Guidance
Swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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