Certificate 12a, 94 minutes
Director: Joel Hopkins
Stars: Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Spall
In The Love Punch, Richard (Pierce Brosnan, A Long Way Down, No Escape) and Kate (Emma Thompson, Men in Black 3) are a divorced couple who have still got a pretty amicable relationship. Their daughter is off to university, and their son is already there. Since their divorce, Richard has been dating much younger women, and Kate is looking for a relationship herself, mostly through the internet. Richard is retiring in about a week, looking forward (or not) to a life of leisure (or boredom) when he goes into work and finds that the company he works for, Culco Engineering, is in receivership and the shares in it are worthless. The pensions of Richard, and his colleagues, was invested in those shares and are now worthless too.
Apart from Richard and Kate and, to a lesser extent, Jerry and Penelope, the other characters are all pretty minor - even including the villain of the piece, who gets less time on screen than his fiancé does. Fortunately, Richard and Kate interact pretty well with each other, or this would have fallen pretty flat. The Love Punch is a heist movie that's crossed with a romantic comedy, and pretty much chucks realism out the window. The value of the diamond (and why is that in dollars - British news would have given it in pounds) isn't really enough for the raising the amount of money they look to be trying to, to both repair Richard and Kate's nest egg, as well as that of the other former employees of Culco who also lost out. That also ignores the problems that would arise in accounting for where the money came from. Jerry has an unbelievable (but probably deliberately so) amount of experience in a whole host of, largely military, professions that gives him a lot of contacts for just about everything.
As a note for Americans, the reaction that the group has to the acquired gun may seems excessive, but the majority of Britons have never seen a handgun, so it's a curiosity - albeit a dangerous one. This is an okay film; everything comes up roses for Richard and Kate, and there are no great surprises in how their relationship develops. The Love Punch is nothing special - it's neither great nor bad - and is an enjoyable enough piece of light entertainment.