Marisa Berenson

'The Love Punch' not a direct comedy hit

'The Love Punch' not a direct comedy hit

Five years after the romantic drama "Last Chance Harvey," British filmmaker Joel Hopkins reteams with Emma Thompson for a caper set on the Côte d'Azur. The writer-director's affection for characters in late middle age is clear, but it's not enough to overcome the creaky contrivances of wannabe screwball "The Love Punch." Neither are Thompson and Pierce Brosnan, although they have droll charm to spare. As a long-divorced couple who scheme to exact revenge on a dastardly one-percenter, they make the film more watchable than the screenplay and direction warrant. The just-go-with-it premise involves a ludicrous plan to steal a $10-million diamond from...