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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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JXFHSEE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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3.8 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caramba! on 11 Feb. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
With a supporting cast of Celia Imrie and Tim Spall, how could this 'silver haired' Brit comedy possibly go wrong? Simple - the two leads are bloody dreadful - chewing up the scenery doesn't come close to how howlingly bad Brosnan and Thompson are in this. He just doesn't have any comedic talent at all, while she is so irritatingly upper-middle class in her sarcasm and mugging that any necessary chemistry is rendered totally absent between them. Spall looks completely out of place and seems very uncomfortable with the whole mess, and Imrie, whilst being reliably fun to watch from time to time, struggles to maintain any pacing or credibility at all.

The script is absolutely dire, with the audience being treated as total idiots and asked to swallow the most unbelievable plot development points you've ever seen.

How on earth this ever got made is beyond me - it's horribly embarassing and the worst kind of 'British' fodder this island churns out.

Avoid!!
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Conchie on 16 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
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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This a truly woeful example of how big name stars, a substantial budget and high production values mean absolutely nothing if you don't have a good script. The basic premise is no more ludicrous than any number of films in this genre, but the execution is dreadful : you can't make a pot without clay, and even the best actors struggle when given tosh like this. And it's quite a feat, to be able to make something this bad, with such a great cast. Emma Thompson does her best, and frankly seems to get more sexy and lovelier as she ages, Timothy Spall turns in a typically reliable showing, and Celia Imrie is............ well frankly, Celia Imrie - as she is in pretty much everything from Bridget Jones to Dinner Ladies, but nothing wrong with that. If anything, Brosnan is the weak link, and the film relies rather to much on the smug 'in joke' of having James Bond dealing with weaknesses associated with ageing or being too straight : younger girlfriends leave him, his back is knackered, he is too timid a driver for a car chase, he has to go for prostrate exams, has o idea what to do with a gun, and he struggles with anything too physical etc. It's mildly amusing the first time, but this directorial knowing wink to the audience every time he groans or limps a bit is frankly just annoying and downright lazy film making. I watched this for free on Amazon Prime, and I still felt short changed. Such a pity, as they obviously chucked a few quid at it, and with an even half accomplished script it could have been a comfy night on the sofa, let it wash over you, 3 stars, but it's just dreadful I'm afraid. Spend 90 minutes of your life on something more fulfilling, such as cutting your toenails or bathing the dog : you won't be sorry.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. W. Pillar on 8 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
It is hard to understand how such a strong cast produced such an utterly weak movie. OK, so Piers Morgan made Mamma Mia, so his credibility is thin, but Emma Thompson, Celia Imrie and Timothy Spall hardly put a foot wrong. Yet it just doesn't add up. For a movie so utterly implausible to carry you along it has to be very funny. This is only mildly funny and gives you much too much time to notice how ridiculous the plot is. The characters are just lazy stereotypes - the ruthless businessman, the gold-digging girlfriend, the wronged wife of the philandering golf-playing businessman, the loyal secretary. It's just factory-produced rom com. The only redemption comes from Imrie and Spall, who are genuinely funny in their slapstick support role. Overall, it was a waste of an hour and a half of my life.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By G. L. Lewis on 17 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
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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One and a half hours gone out of my life watching such a dire dvd No story or plot in spite of what is printed on the back, Brosnan should stick to being 007, Thompson should leave her upper class accent for good story lines, and as for Spall and Imrie they were the only redeeming feature in the short time they were on screen and that is why I have awarded them each a star !
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