Divorced, middle-aged Richard Jones (Pierce Brosnan) is looking forward to a worry-free existence as he arrives at his office on his last day of work, having sold his company. Much to his dismay, he discovers that the management buyout of his company was fraudulent.
With his company now bankrupt, the employee pension fund has been embezzled, wiping out his retirement fund. Richard enlists his ex-wife Kate (Emma Thompson) to help him track down the shady businessman behind the fraud. Soon, they’re caught up in a cat-and-mouse caper across Europe in a whirlwind of intrigue, mad chases and a jewelry theft that might restore Richard’s future — while rekindling his romance with Kate.Spanning locations in Paris, London and the French Riviera THE LOVE PUNCH brings together Pierce Brosnan (Mamma Mia) and Academy-Award winner Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks) for the first time, as ex-husband and wife Richard and Kate whose biting banter suggests that the flames of their former relationship have not been fully extinguished… Unfortunately the same cannot be said for their retirement nest egg which is wiped out when Richard’s investment firm is defrauded and the pension fund is siphoned away.
Learning that the unscrupulous French financier behind the scheme has just purchased a $10million diamond for his bride to be, the divorced duo grudgingly agree to set aside their differences, and hatch a plot to gate-crash the wedding and steal the rock.
Roped in to assist in the heist are the couple’s former neighbours Timothy Spall (The King’s Speech) and Celia Imrie (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) who are also rooting for their reconciliation. The foursome form an unlikely band of lawbreakers in this classic comedy caper set against the sun drenched backdrop of the Cote d’Azur.
Certificate: 12 Comedy
Dir. Joel Hopkins, France, 2013, 94 min
Cast: Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Spall