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The Love Punch (2013)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 23 May 2014 (USA)
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A divorced couple scheme to recover the retirement money that was stolen from them.

Director:

Joel Hopkins

Writers:

Joel Hopkins, Tess Morris (additional writing by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Thompson ... Kate
Pierce Brosnan ... Richard
Celia Imrie ... Pen
Timothy Spall ... Jerry
Louise Bourgoin ... Manon Fontaine
Laurent Lafitte ... Vincent Kruger
Marisa Berenson ... Clothilde
Olivier Chantreau Olivier Chantreau ... Jean-Baptiste Durain
Ellen Thomas ... Doreen
Tuppence Middleton ... Sophie
Jack Wilkinson Jack Wilkinson ... Matt
Adam Byron ... Tyler
John Ramm John Ramm ... Ken
Jean-Louis Barcelona Jean-Louis Barcelona ... Minion
Eleanor Matsuura ... Michaela (as Eleanor Matsuraa)
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Storyline

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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

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You can't pinch a diamond without stealing a few hearts

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content, language and rude humor | See all certifications »

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France | UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

23 May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Love Punch See more »

Filming Locations:

Coye-la-Forêt, Oise, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,420, 1 June 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$303,586, 22 June 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Emma Thompson (Kate) and Celia Imrie (Pen) appeared in Nanny McPhee (2005). See more »

Goofs

The alarm clock by the bed after Kate spends the night with Jean-Baptiste shows the time of 12:00 and is tuned to 87.50, showing that it has just been plugged in. See more »

Quotes

Jean-Baptiste Durain: It's never too early for champagne. It's always too late.
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Alternate Versions

UK versions are dub over a use of "motherfucker" for a 12A rating with "melon farmers". The US version uses the same print to secure a PG-13. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Living Daylights (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Me and Mrs Jones
Performed by Billy Paul
Composed bu Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, Cary Gilbert
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Great Cast Awful Movie
10 September 2014 | by lordforbesSee all my reviews

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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