A hairdresser who has lost her hair to cancer finds out her husband is having an affair, travels to Italy for her daughter's wedding and meets a widower who still blames the world for the loss of his wife.
Set in the world of mega-churches in which a former Deadhead-turned-born again-Christian finds himself on the run from fundamentalist members of his mega-church who will do anything to protect their larger-than-life pastor.
Richard and Kate are a divorced couple who have an amicable relationship. Richard who's about to retire learns that his company's assets have been frozen because it's under investigation and that includes the pension fund. When the owner goes out of the country, Richard decides to pursue him and Kate goes with him. When they learn the man doesn't care about the employees, they decide to get the money some other way; by stealing the diamond he gave his girlfriend. So they follow them and Kate gets close to the girlfriend. Written by
Another more obvious Bond wink being of course the martini (shaken not stirred) he enjoys at the beginning of the movie. See more »
When they all enter the sea wearing diving kit, the back packs are very slim. So ho did they manage to pack Texan hats, dresses, wigs and make up in them? See more »
I think that liking them is much more important than loving them, actually. Love is easy to fall into. Liking is much harder. Think of your wedding as a driving test. You take it, you pass, and then you really start to learn how to drive. Or you crash.
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"The Love Punch" was both written and directed by the British Joel Hopkins and bares comparison with his previous film "Last Chance Harvey" which five years previously he again both wrote and directed. At the heart of both works is a story of love between an older couple. In both cases, the lead actress is the wonderful Emma Thompson and indeed, in both cases, she plays a character called Kate.
What is different is that this time her love interest is not an elderly American whom she has only just met (Dustin Hoffman) but her ex- husband who is a similar age (Pierce Brosnan). Of course, Brosnan's most famous role was as James Bond but he is somewhat older now and part of the humour derives from this contrast.
The story is slim: the divorced couple need to form a partnership of convenience to steal a diamond from a French entrepreneur who has fleeced the company which is the source of all their finances. Filmed almost entirely in France, the locations are attractive but it rather looks as if the country was chosen for tax reasons rather than being integral to the plot. It is a slight and silly caper but made watchable by the actors. Thompson and Brosman exhibit real chemistry and, in support roles, British character actors Timothy Spall and Cecilia Imrie are a delight to watch.
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