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The Look of Love (2013)

Not Rated | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 7 July 2013 (USA)
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The life of Paul Raymond, the controversial entrepreneur who became Britain's richest man.

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Matt Greenhalgh, Paul Willetts (based on biographical material from "Members Only: The Life and Times of Paul Raymond") | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Ellis Jennifer Ellis ... Fawn
Steve Coogan ... Paul Raymond
Nick Hopper Nick Hopper ... Charles the Chauffeur
Paul Popplewell ... Journalist No. 1
Imogen Poots ... Debbie Raymond
Anna Friel ... Jean Raymond
Jim Clubb Jim Clubb ... Liam Turner
Sarah Lou Sarah Lou ... Liam Girl No. 1
Emma Williamson Emma Williamson ... Liam Girl No. 2
Stephen Fry ... Barrister
Raymond Waring ... Reporter No. 1
Kieran O'Brien ... Jimmy Humphries
Shirley Henderson ... Rusty Humphries
Frankie Thomson Frankie Thomson ... Baby Debbie
Jennifer Gardiner Jennifer Gardiner ... Revue Bar Cigarette Girl
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Storyline

After the untimely death of his daughter, Paul Raymond reflects on his life. Rising from a mind-reading act, he grew to have a hugely successful career as an erotica magnate which would make him the wealthiest man in Britain. Yet for all his material success, his appetites mess up his personal life. Even as he challenged society's sexual mores, his relationship with his daughter proved troubling and problematic. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Lead us into temptation. See more »


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The film's working title, The King of Soho, had to be dropped after the threat of legal action by Paul Raymond's son, Howard, who was already developing a project of the same name about his father's life. See more »

Goofs

While discussing the role of a reporter for 'Men Only' magazine the Fiona Richmond character (Tamsin Egerton) refers to female genitalia as "pussy". This term would not have been in use in the 1960s when the film is set. Later in the film the correct English term "fanny" is used. See more »

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References Billy Liar (1963) See more »

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Let's Stick Together
Written by Wilbert Harrison
Performed by Roxy Music
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Good enough for the entrance fee
3 May 2013 | by BuscatcherSee all my reviews

Michael Winterbottom is reunited with Steve Coogan in this watchable tale of one time richest man in Britain, porn and property entrepreneur Paul Raymond. Winterbottom elects to tell the story through the eyes of Raymond as he watches a video tape of a documentary he made with his daughter.

Coogan puts in a well rounded performance playing Raymond (it would have been easy to make the character either too likable, too bolshy or too obnoxious, credit to Coogan for getting the balance just right) from his early days when he first opened a members only strip club in SoHo to his later years after the death of his daughter Debbie - Imogen Poots. Raymond dotes on her and its their relationship which is central to the storytelling. He is portrayed as more or less disowning his other children; an uncomfortable scene to view is the visit and dinner he shares with his son from an early relationship. Anna Friel is superb as his first wife and mother of their three children Jean, who tolerates Raymond's countless affairs/one night stands. He explains at one point that its only natural for him to be having sex with all the beautiful women who work for him, else what sort of a man would he be. To throw a spanner in the works along comes Amber -Tamsin Egerton with whom Raymond falls in love with and leaves Jean for after she auditions for him. We follow Raymond and Amber as their relationship develops, no need this time for illicit liaisons for Raymond as Amber is partial to a bit of three in a bed. At this time Raymond takes the advice of and employs Tony Power to launch the naughty magazine (and extremely lucrative) side of his business. Power a playboy type coke addict is played; in a great piece of casting by stand up comic and panel show regular Chris Addison. Look out for bit parts from other Brit comedy stars including David Williams as a vicar.

This is a well scripted, acted and directed film as you'd expect from Winterbottom, which left me wanting to know more about Raymond. It moves along at a good pace and manages to offer both light and shade within the plot, as well as evoking the various decades featured with fine detail. Well worth the entry fee and bus fare.


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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 2013 (USA) See more »

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UK

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,105, 7 July 2013

Gross USA:

$21,252

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,318,468
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2.35 : 1
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