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A light-hearted tale about friendship and true love, The Love Punch as it arrives this summer on Blu-ray and DVD on 18th August 2014, courtesy of eOne, and we’ve got three to giveaway on DVD!
Written and directed by Joel Hopkins (Last Chance Harvey) this cheerful film stars a cast of iconic British comedy greats; BAFTA winner Emma Thompson, as loving mother Kate; Pierce Brosnan, as businessman Richard; Celia Imrie as dotty Penelope; and Timothy Spall as neighbour and friend Jerry.
Richard and Kate are a divorced couple whom their best friends and neighbours, Jerry and Penelope, would love to see get back together. As Richard is about to retire, he learns that his company is under investigation. Thanks to an unscrupulous financier at the bank, his pension fund has now been siphoned away. Richard vows to fix the situation and persuades Kate to join him on a French Riviera adventure. »
- Dan Bullock
To mark the release of The Love Punch on 18th August, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.
Written and directed by Joel Hopkins (Last Chance Harvey) this cheerful film stars a cast of iconic British comedy greats; BAFTA winner Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks, Nanny McPhee), as loving mother Kate; Pierce Brosnan (Die Another Day, Mamma Mia!), as businessman Richard; Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones’ Diary, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) as dotty Penelope; and Timothy Spall (Enchanted, Harry Potter) as neighbour and friend Jerry.
Richard and Kate are a divorced couple whom their best friends and neighbours, Jerry and Penelope, would love to see get back together. As Richard is about to retire, he learns that his company is under investigation. Thanks to an unscrupulous financier at the bank, his pension fund has now been siphoned away. Richard vows to fix the situation and persuades Kate »
Following the global blockbuster hit from 2012, the loveable cast reunites for the upcoming comedy The Second Best Marigold Hotel which releases in theaters across North America on March 6, 2015. Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Tina Desai and the rest of the gang are back together along with Richard Gere who joins the fun for an all-new adventure set in India. Oscar-nominated director John Madden returns as well.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig »
- Press Releases
The sequel sees the return of Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith. Fans of Smith can expect to see the 2-time Oscar winning actress on the big and little screen this autumn and I suspect during the upcoming Awards Season. She’s nominated again with an Emmy for Supporting Actress (Drama) for “Downton Abbey” and her work on the upcoming film My Old Lady, alongside Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas, is without a doubt Smith’s finest work in years and definitely worth some Oscar attention.
Read Jim Batts’ review of the first film Here.
- Michelle McCue
Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced Feb 27, 2015 as the UK release date for sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
John Madden has returned to direct the follow-up feature to the 2012 hit, which made $136.8m at the box office.
The story is based on an original screenplay by Ol Parker, from a story by Parker and Madden.
The story centres on two hopeful new arrivals, played by Greig and Gere, at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful who quickly learn that there is only a single room left to rent.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel will be released in the UK on February 27, 2015.
The first trailer for the sequel - which sees Richard Gere join the veteran cast - has also been unveiled.
The film centres on Sonny (Dev Patel) as he looks to open a second hotel, following the success of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful. However, he must juggle the demands of his new venture with his imminent marriage to Sunaina (Tina Desae).
The independently-released Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was both a critical and box office hit last year, earning $135 million worldwide.
"The Best Marigold Hotel" was released in 2012 and managed to earn $137 million worldwide on a budget of only $10 million. Due to its success, a sequel immediately went into development. And now, we have the trailer for the new film, called "The Second Best Marigold Hotel." Check it out below. Plot: In the new movie, two hopeful arrivals at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel quickly learn that there is only a single room left to rent. "The Second Best Marigold Hotel" is bringing back Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, Diana Hardcastle, and Ronald Pickup. Meanwhile, Richard Gere is a new addition to the cast. The sequel is set to hit theaters on March 6th, 2015. Trailer: »
The first trailer for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is out, and it’s ready to charm.
The followup has Sonny (Dev Patel) and Muriel (Maggie Smith) as co-managers of the hotel. It will see the return of familiar faces—Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Diana Hardcastle, Tena Desae, and Lillete Dubey—and the arrival of new ones, too, including Richard Gere, »
- C. Molly Smith
Those who - spoilers! - survived the original Best Exotic Marigold Hotel have jumped at the chance of another holiday in India, and so, with a certain amount of inevitability, The Second Bext Exotic Marigold Hotel was announced as in the works last autumn. It's finished already, and the first trailer has just arrived.Judging by that, the plot this time is that Richard Gere is in it.As before, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Dev Patel, David Strathairn, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton and Ronald Pickup have all checked in, joined by newcomer Tamsin Grieg. John Madden is still the director, and the release date is February 27 next year. »
Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” eight months ahead of its March platform release in the U.S.
The original “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” was a surprise hit and grossed $135 million worldwide in 2012. The new project is the first sequel ever released by Fox Searchlight.
The trailer features several female cast members impressed by the appearance of Richard Gere. John Madden has returned to direct the sequel from a script by Ol Parker. Returning cast includes Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Diana Hardcastle, Tena Desae and Lillete Dubey.
“I couldn’t resist the chance to come and visit the old crumbling ruins and see how the hotel was doing as well,” Wilton chirps.
- Dave McNary
Not all sequels have to be about horror movie monsters and superheroes. Sometimes, even a hotel that caters to senior citizens gets a second chance on the big screen. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a follow-up to 2012's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which finds Sonny (Dev Patel) attempting to franchise out his hotel, which caters to the 'elderly and beautiful'. The original location only has one remaining vacancy, which causes a problem for new tenants played by Tamsin Greig and Richard Gere, neither of whom are old enough to be staying here, though maybe a little too beautiful. Check it out as Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench also return for another stay at the Best Exotic Marigold.
One of the delights of 2012 was the superb old-folk-on-holiday comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The film did wonders at the international box-office, setting it alight with $136 million dollars in worldwide takings – that’s from a budget of just $10 million. Scratch your head, do the maths and you’ll agree that a sequel would be a bloody good idea. All of the pensioners from the first film are back in the sequel, (bar Tom Wilkinson), as well as Dev Patel and two newcomers in David Straithern and one Richard Gere.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is set to hit cinemas in the spring of next year.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his »
- Paul Heath
I never saw The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel back in 2011, but those that saw it seemed to think it was pleasing enough and I'm sure Fox Searchlight didn't mind the fact it brought in $136.8 million worldwide on a $10 million budget. So, why not make a sequelc Back for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (yes, that's the title) are Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Richard Gere, Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Dev Patel, Tamsin Greig, David Strathairn and Penelope Wilton and the plot goes like this: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 (or The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) is the expansionist dream of Sonny Kapoor, and its making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina. Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, »
- Brad Brevet
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 is now titled The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which is an interesting titling scheme. I know a new hotel is opened in the film, but I also wonder if the title is a bit of meta-commentary on the nature of sequels and that one should temper their expectations lest they assume this installment matches the majesty of the first. I haven’t seen the first film, so I’m not qualified to say. The sequel was directed by John Madden and written by Ol Parker. It stars Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, David Strathairn and Richard Gere. Hit the jump for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel trailer! The film hits theaters on March 6th, 2015. Head over to Apple for the HD version. Here's the synopsis for The Second Best Exotic Marigold »
- Evan Dickson
As far as sequels go, one film that most people wouldn’t consider to be begging for one would have to be The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which employed a slew of classy, established thesps to tell a genial, feel-good story about retirees finding a new lease on life. However, Fox Searchlight is certainly not blind – that 2012 flick grossed $130 million worldwide on a budget of around $10 million – so now audiences are getting a follow-up, officially titled The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Today, the first trailer for the sequel, which opens next year, has arrived, promising exactly the same sort of cinematic diversion – which should be perfectly acceptable to the same crowd which made The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel a hit. John Madden is back in the director’s chair, and many of the same stars are reprising their roles, including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Until recently, the sequel to 2012’s sleeper hit had been known simply as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2. Director John Madden, however, is insistent that it’s more than a straight sequel, entitling it instead The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
The first film took an impressive $136m. at the global box office, and the second is sure to bring audiences back for more when it arrives early next year. We’ve still got a little while to wait, with its arrival slated for February/March 2015, but Fox Searchlight is wasting no time in building the anticipation, launching the first trailer today.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising »
- Kenji Lloyd
DVD Release Date: Aug. 26, 2014
Price: DVD $20.99
Studio: Ketchup Entertainment
Gthe movie concerns Richard (Brosnan) and Kate (Thompson), a divorced couple who, after their pension is stolen by an unscrupulous businessman, reunite to steal it back. This sets them on a whirlwind journey into a caper involving the embezzling of bankrupt employees’ pension funds. Along the way, the couple finds themselves in French, where they re-discover the love they thought they had lost.
Written and directed by Joel Hopkins, the French production also stars Timothy Spall (Life is Sweet), Celia Imrie (Nanny McPhee), and Louise Bourgoin (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec). And keep an eye open for Marisa Berenson (Barry Lyndon) as a sexy hotel receptionist.
The PG-13-rated film received a limited release to U.S. theaters in May, »
The film follows Doug (Tennant) and Abi (Pike) and their three kids, as they travel to the Scottish Highlands for Doug's father Gordie's (Connolly) birthday.
However, the parents soon realise that it is almost impossible for their children to keep a secret from the rest of the family.
The movie will be released at UK cinemas on September 26, 2014. »
Love Paunch: Hopkins’ Latest a Predictable Bore
Though its cast members seem to game for a good, silly romp, Joel Hopkins’ latest film, The Love Punch, sadly, is not such a treat. Reuniting with star Emma Thompson from his last outing, 2008’s Last Chance Harvey, this discordant rom-com caper has all the charm of a lobotomized poodle; fluffy and without all the necessary faculties to function. To use the phrase ‘by-the-numbers’ would be a generous euphemism for when their charm can’t seem to pick up the slack, the addlepated antics being performed by such talented performers is often off-putting. It’s a film of the ilk that people make comments such as, “Oh wasn’t it great to see so and so in a lead performance?”
- Nicholas Bell
Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson team up in Joel Hopkins’ romantic comedy caper, The Love Punch, about a divorced couple who embark on a whirlwind action adventure across Europe to recover their retirement savings after it’s embezzled by an unscrupulous French businessman (Laurent Lafitte). The story is funny, sexy and occasionally poignant as the characters navigate middle age, survive the financial crisis, and rekindle their love for each other. Now playing in limited release, The Love Punch was shot on location in France and also stars Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie and Louise Bourgoin. In a 2-on-1 interview at the film’s recent press day, Brosnan spoke about how fantastic it was working with Thompson, the appeal of the role, how the film pokes fun at some of his most iconic performances, dressing up in a wetsuit, nailing the screwball comedy tone of the movie, the excitement of shooting on location in Versailles, »
- Sheila Roberts
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