Luckily for them (and for viewers), these locales double as a nice vacation. As the fates of Richard's penniless employees drift from his mind, a not-so-unexpected second-love story emerges. How to Steal a Million it's not -- Brosnan sleepwalks through his dialogue, and there's at least one unforgivable James Bond reference -- but The Love Punch is too sunny and self-effacing to be truly toxic. Thompson, who starred in Hopkins's last effort, the sentimental Last Chance Harvey, is charming and dynamic, and an array of underdeveloped secondary characters do little lasting damage. Celia Imrie and Timothy Spall notably play a pair of neighbors who provoke Kate and Richard to further wrongdoing: During dinner, Spall's character produces a loaded gun, which thankfully dispels any Chekhovian tension almost immediately by discharging into a cask of wine. The film is a similar misfire, good for a laugh, but more importantly, nobody got hurt.