Richard and Kate are a divorced couple who have an amicable relationship. Richard who's about to retire learns that his company's assets have been frozen because it's under investigation and that includes the pension fund. When the owner goes out of the country, Richard decides to pursue him and Kate goes with him. When they learn the man doesn't care about the employees, they decide to get the money some other way; by stealing the diamond he gave his girlfriend. So they follow them and Kate gets close to the girlfriend.Written by
Love Punch is a rom com that is neither romantic nor funny.
In spite of it's line up of quality British actors the result is a silly farce with no sexual chemistry between the lead actors and literally no funny lines whatsoever.
The premise seems to be that it is intrinsically hilarious to watch people in their 60s do things that people in their 30s do better - nope!
Such a shame more time and money wasn't spent developing the script to beef up the characters and build their motivations to take the step of attempting a robbery that no one in their right mind would try.
One might argue that it's a light hearted film so you just have to accept that the plot is flimsy, but this overlooks the fact that to sympathise with the characters you have to believe them to be justified - call me uncharitable but, whilst it's sad if a privileged divorcée whose kids have grown up and who watches daytime t.v all day, loses her pension and has only her nice house her family and her health and looks to console her, it doesn't really tear me up inside. (perhaps I shouldn't have watched it off the back of 'Twelve Years a Slave')
Anyway, to qualify as lighthearted it needs to have jokes and comedy timing, not just a musical montage every five minutes cut to the kind of track you can buy the rights to on a budget.
Where's Richard Curtis when you need him?
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