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The Love Punch [DVD]

Emma Thompson , Pierce Brosnan , Joel Hopkins    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, Tuppence Middleton, Timothy Spall
  • Directors: Joel Hopkins
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Aug 2014
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Heist comedy caper starring Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson, Timothy Spall and Celia Imrie. Middle-aged company man Richard Jones (Brosnan) is all set for retirement - or so he thinks. When he arrives at work for his last day and finds that his pension fund has been stolen through the fraudulent workings of Vincent Kruger (Laurent Lafitte), the man who has recently bought over the company, he enlists the help of his ex-wife Kate (Thompson) to help get it back. The two set off for France with their friends Jerry (Spall) and Penelope (Imrie) who agree to help steal Vincent's bride-to-be's diamond necklace which they feel will fully compensate for the lost funds. Can they track Vincent down and secure their future?

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Conchie
It should have had everything going for it…. fantastic cast, seriously does not get better than Imrie, Spall, Thompson and even 007 himself. The plot looked really good fun and I was so looking forward to it. On a positive note Emma Thompson looks amazing, never seen her look better than she does in this, as does Pierce Brosnan, very handsome man, but the entire thing just descended rather quickly into quite bad slapstick and a very silly plot that was all over the place. If like me you pick it up.. see the great cast, read the blurb on the back and think … wow.. this will be great…. sorry to say think again. Rather poor.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Joel Hopkins has created a film that will truly make you smile with its quintessential British qualities. I am not a great fan of slapstick, but this is rather gentle and sophisticated slapstick that with its 'empty-nester' lead characters will certainly appeal to an audience of relative status, amongst whom I was fortunate enough to be seated, as they laughed with empathy at the subtle sexual references and woes befalling the lead characters. Sometimes an audience just enhances the viewing experience!. With the perfect casting of some great British favourites, The Love Punch is an uplifting and intelligently written film. For this full-time mother, it was a welcome antidote to the many dark and violent films that seem to dominate the big screen. Marvellous!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity at comedic gold 26 Aug 2014
A comedy aimed at the middle aged crowd starring the brilliant Emma Thompson, Celia Imrie and Timothy Spall which will no doubt have its fair share of old fashioned humour. What's not to like? Well plenty. A brilliant scenario of a group of rightly bitter retirees getting vengeance by setting up and going through with a diamond robbery had so much potential in becoming an old fashioned comedy caper. Instead the film has jokes that barely raise a chuckle, and comedic set pieces that are both lazy and dragging.

What saves the film is the cast. Brosnan was a terrible Bond, but he was far better in his other roles outside the franchise. With this story, Brosnan could have hit the comedic jackpot, instead he is hampered with terrible dialogue and set pieces that leave a lot to be desired. Thankfully he gets great support from the brilliant, and attractive, Emma Thompson who brilliantly plays off against Brosnan's cheek. Imrie and Spall meanwhile are the heart of this film, the rapport these two have is superb. However despite their best, there is no way they can overcome the terrible script.

If you like the cast, then I recommed a rental. But if you are after a comedy, then stay clear.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Jon
Ex plot-which is daft (aren't all such movies?) a wryly comic little gem which improves on rewatching-killer soundtrack too (the cinema version not the soundtrack album. Pressed all the right buttons for me.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Indifference Slap, more like 22 May 2014
Richard (Pierce Brosnan) and Kate (Emma Thompson) are a married couple separated by bitterness due to the former's promiscuity. When Richard's company is bought and closed by a French businessman, the exes team up to steal a £10m diamond from the git, so that Richard's staff aren't out of pocket. They enlist the help of their closest friends, the insatiable Jerry (Timothy Spall) and Sophie (Celia Imrie), and head to Cannes for a bit of old-fashioned kidnapping, arguing, drinking, and slapstick.

Old-fashioned is the phrase. This is old-fashioned in its structure and tone and old-in-the-tooth in its humour, never going beyond the naughty. If you (or, say, your nan) are prone to sniggering behind your hand at the utterance of the word "prick" then this film may raise a smile. It's an `Everything's OK' comedy; a hugely dialled-back Dirty Rotten Scoundrels peopled by gratingly decent characters who'd never sink to motivations of profit or revenge.

The cast of familiar faces help proceedings to tick along perfectly pleasantly. Talent like this ensures a baseline of enjoyment, even if none of that talent is ever tested. Thompson and Brosnan have decent chemistry. And if you can let the occasional James Bond sight gag slide, and you can cope with the sort of comedy where the characters are laughing at each other's jokes, then there's some mirth to be found in some of the middle-aged odd-coupling, particularly Jerry's revelations about his globe-hopping past.

No doubt cast and crew had a splendid time gallivanting around the Riviera making this film, and a modicum of this joy is evident in the finished product's energy. However, this is no thanks to the script: a blandly functional effort directed with bland functionality by Last Chance Harvey's Joel Hopkins.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish! 29 Aug 2014
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Two amazing actors in a rubbish film:-(
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FUN - RECOMMENDED ... 7 July 2014

Saw this at the cinema quite recently and really enjoyed it.

Great fun and wonderful scenery. Four talented and first class actors.

I read an interview with, I think, Emma Thompson where she said that they had such a great time together (and it shows) that they'd love to do a sequel. Hope that happens.

Pierce Brosnan is always good value and this film is no exception - although 'Love Is All You Need' still remains my favourite of his.

When the price drops, I will buy this DVD and cuddle up with by OH and watch it on a dreary winter's evening and enjoy being transported back into the sunshine.

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