The Love Punch Parent Guide
"The Love Punch" also specifically targets the 50+ crowd. Yet sadly it turns out to be a clichéd and trite attempt at adult humor even though it does have plenty of star power.
Parent Movie Review
Considering the sheer number of baby boomers with cash to buy movie tickets, it is not too surprising we are seeing more films that feature characters from that age demographic. Examples include It’s Complicated, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Something’s Gotta Give, On a Clear Day and Last Chance Harvey.
The Love Punch also specifically targets the 50+ crowd. Yet sadly it turns out to be a clichéd and trite attempt at adult humor even though it does have plenty of star power. Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan play Kate and Richard Jones, a divorced couple that is thrown together in a wild escapade that will surely see them reunited. (I know that sounds like a spoiler but the direction of this movie is so painfully obvious, even from the opening moments, that you know where it will end up.)
The catalyst for their reunion is a shady corporate takeover that gobbled up all of their retirement funds along with those of many of Richard’s coworkers’. As all are edging toward the end of their careers, they aren’t about to sit back and watch someone else spend their hard-earned cash—especially after witnessing the Enron debacle and other financial scandals that cost people their life savings.
Richard’s company has been stripped of its assets by French businessman Vincent Kruger (Laurent Lafitte), a corporate bloodsucker with no remorse for his questionable ethics. He even has Kate and Richard forcibly removed from his office tower when they show up in Paris and confront him. So just like the disgruntled employees in Tower Heist, this pair resorts to illegal activities of their own to recoup their money. Their first move is to steal the $10 million diamond Vincent has just hung around the neck of his fiancée (Louise Bourgoin). To do that, they will have to sneak into the wealthy socialites’ exclusive wedding.
They plan to get an official invite by kidnapping two couples from Texas who are on the guest list. It takes only one call to their friends back home to convince Jerry and Penelope (Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie) to help out with the heist. If that seems implausible, wait for the rest of the shenanigans this foursome works their way into.
I know romantic comedies are supposed to be lighthearted, even silly at times. Still there is nothing even remotely believable about this screenplay that tries to jam every stereotypical rom-com/crime caper element it can into the 90 minute plot. Even the great tunes in the musical score can’t save it. Watching these baby boomers skirt their way across a ledge on the outside of a building, don scuba diving gear, scale a rock cliff and impersonate rich Texans by wearing big hair and talking loudly, unfortunately feels more like a Mr. Bean Holiday than the Bond adventure I think it is meant to be.
Release Date: 23 May 2014 Limited/ 6 June 2014 WiderDirected by Joel Hopkins. Starring Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson, Tuppence Middleton. Running time: 94 minutes. Theatrical release June 6, 2014. Updated July 17, 2017
The Love Punch
Rating & Content Info
Why is The Love Punch rated PG-13? The Love Punch is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for some sexual content, language and rude humor.
Violence: A woman repeatedly hits a man with a bouquet of flowers. A woman fires a gun in a restaurant. Characters commit white-collar crime. Characters drug and tie up several people. Characters are bound, slapped and threatened with garden shears. A man intends to kill characters by pushing them over a cliff in a car. Adults ask their young adult son to hack into secure company websites.
Sexual Content: A man talks about his young lovers. A young adult male looks at a porn magazine while masturbating. A man has a picture on his phone of a woman with partially exposed breasts. A woman accidentally breaks off the penis of a naked ice statue. An older woman appears to have sex with her younger lover.
Language: The script contains two strong sexual expletives, crude sexual terms and other innuendo. As well, repeated scatological slang, mild profanities, crude cultural slang and terms of Deity are used.
Alcohol / Drug Use:Characters frequently imbibe alcohol in social settings or at home. One character wants a drink to deal with loneliness and another drinks to deal with financial problems. After repeatedly consuming alcohol on the job, a man drinks while driving. Characters are drugged. A man smokes a cigar.
Page last updated July 17, 2017
More parents' guide for The Love Punch after the break...
The Love Punch Parents' Guide
Do you think Richard has really changed his womanizing ways? Or is he just getting old enough that he needs someone mature to take care of him? Do you believe Kate and Richard have grown-up enough to learn to appreciate one another?
Why do Kate and Richard both pretend there is someone at home when they walk into their empty houses? What do they miss about being in a relationship? Why do you think Kate is portrayed as the more aggressive and dominating character in their relationship?
The most recent home video release of The Love Punch movie is August 26, 2014. Here are some details…
The Love Punch releases to home video on August 26, 2014.