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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 20 April 2016
I really like this movie – it's silly, improbable, farcical and poignant in turns, and entirely dedicated to having the viewer enjoy the good time the actors are so obviously having, as they romp through this deliciously engaging soufflé of a plot. Reminiscent of the madcap speeded-up nonsense of Casino Royal, there is a daring jewel heist, a broad swipe at callous corporate takeover mentality and a tender, against-all-odds mature romance.

If you were hoping for “conflict” or some dark, sinister, violence-filled story line, you're out of luck - and this is not the film for you. But if you enjoy beautiful locations, with beautiful principal protagonists and the skilful and deceptively relaxed way they engage us and bring us on board for the ride ... well, this is a “feel good” film, that you can watch more than once, and still find the charm in Pierce Brosnan's cheeky delivery and the beguiling attraction in Emma Thompson's cautious response.

They are terrific together and entirely believable in the history and connection they portray. And with their best friends and neighbours, played by Celia Imrie and Timothy Spall, they have to be on their best comedic toes not to have quite a few scenes stolen by those two.

Spall and Imrie are indeed a revelation to me. I knew some of Celia Imrie's work, but not so much Timothy Spall's and he is so genuine in his character, it's almost unnerving. And they're both very, very funny, and likeable in this, and it truly is a quartet piece: they are more than supporting, they are stellar. In fact, considering that comedy is much more demanding than drama, the quality of acting is uniformly well above average, even down to smaller roles such as the hack-meister son (charmingly played by Jack Wilkinson) and, my favourite, Marisa Berenson as the irresistibly scheming hotelier. The French actors, Louise Bourgoin and Laurent Lafitte, barely break sweat in their undemanding parts but supply the required Gallic accent with charming competence.

Picture quality is excellent and the DVD has two extra features: interviews with the four main actors (which I found pleasant enough) and audio commentary by the director and co-writer Joel Hopkins, who is candid, interesting and amusing in a very unpretentious way; not always the case with those kinds of commentaries that can easily degenerate into a bore-fest of epic proportions.

I wish there were more fun, fluffy films like this one, of similar quality, and with stars who truly know how to act, because certainly I, for one, can do without the gloom and gore pushed out at us by Hollywood. And a film that has, as its opening scene, a sunny shot of a Martini being shaken for beautiful people in clean clothes – hey, it can't be bad – despite what the “critics” say. Probably the total absence of dystopian misery and pointless destruction offends their self-imagined intellectual benchmark. Good, I am so glad it does.

“The Love Punch” is a really good, fun film performed by good actors, with good direction, a fun script, and with its main intent to give you a good time watching it. What's not to like?
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 20 August 2017
This is an entertaining little caper with a very solid cast. Kate (Emma Thompson) and Richard (Pierce Brosnan) are a middle aged separated couple. Kate is enjoying her freedom and joins an online dating service where she befriends a Frenchman with similar tastes and his own boat. Richard has just been left by his much younger lover for a man half his age. To top it off, his firm is bought up by an international business giant and he loses his and his employees' pension funds in the process. With difficulty, he persuades the unwilling Kate to help him recover what is theirs and they travel to France to confront the evil businessman. When they realize that they are going to need help, they rope in their closest friends, another middle aged couple played by Celia Imrie and the wonderful Timothy Spall.

Emma Thompson is great as always, and it's rather fun to see Pierce Brosnan play a good natured loser which he does with good grace. Their constant bickering is highly entertaining. However, it is Timothy Spall who had me laughing the hardest. He steals every scene. There are a few jabs at the Bond films (not necessarily Brosnan ones) and a few genuine laugh out loud moments, but mostly it's gentle comedy.

DVD features:
- English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Audio Description for visually impaired viewers
- Director's Commentary with Joel Hopkins
- Cast Interviews with Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall
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on 28 April 2017
Not just another predictable rom-com. This is a lightweight comedy with a joyfully implausible plot navigated by well-developed characters. It delivers all you'd hope for from the sublime combination of Emma Thompson and Celia Imrie, and that's a pretty tall order.
A quirky, British, middle-aged rom-com, wrapped around a heist movie, with lots of nicely integrated filmic references (making the most of Piers Brosnan's dark past).

Wholly engaging, great fun, and rather clever little movie. Watch when you want a happy and rewarding evening's viewing!
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on 23 July 2016
I rented this on the strength of the cast involved and I also thought the premise sounded fun, and so couldn't have been more pleased with how it ultimately played out.

The story revolves around divorced couple played by Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan who suddenly find their pensions are gone when Pierce's company is taken over and disolved by a rich business man.

The two find out this man is getting married and has given his fiance a very expensive diamond necklace. They plot to steal it, and with the help of their friends played by Celia Imrie and Timothy Spall they set about impersonating some of the wedding guests and infiltrating the fiance's hen party. Their grown up children are also called upon to assist.

Much hilarity ensues and everything looks great. It is all set in the beautiful south of France and is just a really lovely sunny way of spending an hour of so.

I really enjoyed this and will probably buy it to watch mid winter when it will literally bring a bit of sunshine into my life, and put a smile on my face.
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on 26 May 2016
Very amusing film with a great cast, not just the stars and a good director in Joel Hopkins. I like all of the leading actors, Pierce Brosnan who I think was one of the best 'Bonds', can play virtually any role, be it comedy, drama or whatever. I remember him first from 'The 4th Protocol' up to his latest roles. I particularly liked him in 'Around the World in 80 days', a brilliant film. Celia Imrie I've watched for some years, in many TV roles. Emma Thompson and Tim Spall are also both excellent. The story centres around 2 middle-aged couples, who are the 'best of friends', one couple, Brosnan and Thompson, who are divorced discover their nest egg by way of a Pension has been embezzled from them by a crooked Frenchman in order to finance his gift to his fiancee and impress her. All the workers in Brosnans company face the same problem and Brosnan and Thompson set out to recover their cash, aided by best friends and neighbours, Spall and Imrie. Sometimes it is a bit slow but this is more than made-up for by good writing, a storyline that is different and excellent acting. Soundtracks very enjoyable too.
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on 8 April 2015
A fun, gentle, British caper romp.
The first class cast bring out the best in a script which was at times a bit shaky to deliver a pleasant and entertaining light hearted film.
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on 23 October 2016
This film doesn't warrant wasting time writing a careful critique. I've already wasted over 90 minutes of my life watching it - actually that's not true, I switched it off 15 minutes before the end because by then I didn't really care what happened to the key characters.Complete pants. Learn from my mistake and the comments from the other 57 ( - now 58), 1 star reviewers
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on 14 August 2016
This film was an embarrassment. I actually felt confused for some reason which I think might have been that my brain couldn't understand why such a load of rubbish was coming out of the mouths of actors it recognised as talented. The script is beyond amateur and a lot of the time I suspected them of improvising due to the terrible timing and delivery. It's a cheesy, incredibly boring film and it just makes you cringe throughout. Please avoid for the sake of your sanity
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on 19 August 2015
A really lovely romantic comedy, the right balance of quirky humour that Emma Thomson delivers so well to every part she plays, the chemistry between emma and peirce is lovely and at times amusing. The rest of the cast built on the humour with well placed lines. The end is predictable but the only ending it deserves. A lovely light hearted film that is wirth watching, leaves you feeling warm with a smile.
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on 18 July 2015
I really enjoyed this film, it was funny, silly and just made you feel good. Great acting, I especially loved Timothy Spall, great to see him as a comedy husband. Loved the scene in the Paris hotel. It might be because I'm of that age but I would love to have hung out with this lot. Great film, moved along nicely and I would watch again.
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