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Some Kind of Beautiful (2014)

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A drama about a Cambridge poetry professor who begins to re-evaluate his life of Byronic excess.


Tom Vaughan


Matthew Newman





Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan ... Richard
Salma Hayek ... Olivia
Jessica Alba ... Kate
Malcolm McDowell ... Gordon
Duncan Joiner ... Jake
Ben McKenzie ... Brian
Merrin Dungey ... Angela
Fred Melamed ... Piggot
Ivan Sergei ... Tim
Lombardo Boyar ... Ernesto
Marlee Matlin ... Cindy
Lee Garlington ... Wendy
Paul Rae ... Chad
Erik Passoja ... Officer Lewis
Robert Mailhouse ... Alan


A drama about a Cambridge poetry professor who begins to re-evaluate his life of Byronic excess.

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Every good love story has three sides


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual content, some nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How to Make Love Like an Englishman See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Released in the U.S. with the title, "Some Kind of Beautiful", released in Canada with the title, "How to Make Love Like an Englishman", and released in the UK with the title "Lessons in Love". See more »


The letter to Richard Haig at the end of the film is addressed to 170 Trinity Lane, Cambridge CB2 TTB. There are barely a handful of buildings on Trinity Lane to come close to 170 (most aren't numbered anyway, just college names). Also, the postcode looks like it was incorrectly transcribed by the researcher - Trinity Lane postcodes are CB2 1T* See more »


[first lines]
Richard: It's important you understand, it's not you, it's me. What we have is so special. I love you more than I can say, but I'm sorry, truly, because, I fucked up.
[we see that he is talking to a young boy]
Richard: Look, I owe you an explanation, but honestly, I don't know where to begin.
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Average Rom-Com with some decent performances. 5/10
14 November 2015 | by leonblackwoodSee all my reviews

Review: I quite enjoyed this cleverly written Rom-Com, because it had different elements that kept it interesting throughout. It is a bit predictable but the acting was realistic and the adult humour was quite amusing in parts. Its about a highly respected professor, Richard Haig (Pierce Brosnan), who teaches 18th century romantic poetry in a way that the students of today can appreciate. His father Gordon (Macolm McDowell) was also a professor at highly respected Trinity College in Cambridge, so he seeks the same accomplishments that his father achieved before he retired. He's also picked up his father's womanising ways, by falling for one of his students, Kate (Jessica Alba), who shocks him with the news that she is pregnant. She decides to move back to Malibu so she can raise there child, Jake (Duncan Joiner) and her sister Olivia (Salma Hayek) decides to move to New York to pursue her career in writing romantic books. As Richard wants to be close to his son, he also moves to Malibu and he takes a job in a school, teaching students who don't really care for his specialised subject. He then finds out that his wife is having an affair with a younger man, who she has fallen in love with, so he moves into the annex of the house to be close to his son and to keep his green card. After a while, Olivia also moves into the house because she has caught her boyfriend with another woman and while Kate and her new boyfriend Brian (Ben McKenzie) are away, she grows closer to Richard and after a passionate night together, they soon realise that there feelings for each other are more than what was expected. After having to leave America because his green card had run out, Richard spends time with his dying father, whose last wish is for his son to get back with Olivia. This film definitely has its emotional moments, with a witty script which was well put together by the director. Macolm McDowell's foul mouth character, made me laugh and the relationship between Brosnan and his son was touching. After watching Pierce Brosnan kick butt in the earlier Bond movies, I'm still struggling to take his comedic roles that seriously but you can't fault his performances which are always top class. Some of the situations that he gets himself in, were a bit silly but the overall concept of the film was watchable and enjoyable in parts. Watchable!

Round-Up: Pierce Brosnan, 62 and still looking dashing, hasn't reached the heights that he reached when he was playing Bond but he is still highly respected in Hollywood, even though his movies haven't made that much money of late. Films like the Love Punch with Emma Thompson, Love is All We Need, Survivor and A Long Way Down, haven't really blown up at the box office and some of them went straight to DVD but thats not to say that they were bad movies. I personally would like to see him play another "Bond" type role because of his cool persona, which really worked in the 007 franchise. Anyway, this movie was directed by Tom Vaughan, 46, who also brought you What Happens in Vegas with Ashton Kutcher and Extraordinary Measures with Harrison Ford but most of his experience has been TV. He was lucky to get Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba together for this project but they both have been out of the spotlight of late. Hayek hasn't had a major role in a movie since the terrible Grown Ups 2 in 2013 and I wasn't that impressed with Everly. She still looks great at 49 and she usually puts in great performances, along with Alba, 34, who recently starred in the Entourage movie. Anyway, this movie is a decent watch with some good performances but if your not into your Rom-Com's, then this movie isn't for you.

I recommend this movie to people who are into their comedy/romance movies starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Jessica Alba and Malcolm McDowell. 5/10

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