“The Love Punch” delivers with Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson at the wheel
In the sweet romantic comedy The Love Punch, Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson play exes who embark on a benevolent crime caper in the south of France. They enlist hapless friends Jerry and Penelope (scene-stealers Timothy Spall and Celia Imrie) to carry out their Robin Hood scheme. Along the way, they’ll endure car chases, goons with guns, and unsolicited glimpses of their college son’s roommate in his most private moments.
If that sounds ridiculous, well, it is…but the marvelously elegant Brosnan and Thompson make it work, a royal couple who give the audience a good time and a hearty laugh along the way. Cerebral and credible it’s not, but what romantic comedy is? Leaving the theater with a smile on your face is all a filmmaker can ask, and The Love Punch delivers.
This is only the third feature for writer/director Joel Hopkins, but his previous effort, Last Chance Harvey (2008), picked up Golden Globe nominations for stars Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman on the way to a worldwide $32.6 million take. That was all it took for The Love Punch’s team of primarily French producers to bring him on board and fly a cast of veteran British actors to the land of love and lust. Not a bad gig.
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