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|Originaltitel:||How to make love like an Englishman|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 99 min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
Actually Richard (Pierce Brosnan), Professor of Romantic Literature, just wanted to have some fun with his attractive student Kate (Jessica Alba). For despite everything he teaches his students about the great representatives of Romanticism, he himself does not believe in eternal love and affinity. It's just too bad that Kate gets pregnant from this little affair and suddenly finds himself a father at the side of a much younger woman in Los Angeles. Of course, that can't work out well in the long run. And so it's only a matter of time before the relationship breaks down. But for his son, Richard stays in hated L.A.. Now that he is falling back into old habits, Kate doesn't want him to take care of the child alone while she travels with her new lover for some time. And so she quickly accommodates her stepsister Olivia (Salma Hayek) in the shared house - and that finally leads to the ultimate emotional chaos…
With "Professor Love" director Tom Vaughan ("Love Vegas") has not exactly delivered a masterpiece of originality. The characters are actually just changing clichés and the story is predictable with all its mistakes and romantic confusions. Moreover, some of the jokes are really flat and at best make the viewer smile tired. And so one comes again and again to the conviction that this work is not exactly good and should not actually work. But somehow at the end you are quite satisfied and were surprisingly well entertained.
That may be due to Pierce Brosnan, who is still a damn charm bolt even at the age of 60. The aging professor, who absolutely wants to hold on to his youth and his convictions, but in the end yearns for quite original things like love and family, is taken from the ex-007 in every second. The fact that he also sometimes puts himself in the limelight with a little self-irony makes his playing even more likeable. It is also helpful that the chemistry between him and an extremely fiery Salma Hayek is very harmonious. One takes the two of them, who already sparked the sparks on the screen in the crime comedy "After the Sunset" in 2004, from the fact that they feel so attracted to each other. This leads to the fact that the movie, despite its arguably conventional, arguably constructed story, gets a certain credibility, which emotionally pulls the viewer into the action.
That doesn't make "Professor Love" a masterpiece, though. Yet, it prevents the movie from becoming the total failure it should have been due to its weaknesses. The charming actors and some quite amusing jokes save the comedy from its insignificance at the end and turn it into decent entertainment for an entertaining movie night. If you like romantic comedies and don't attach great importance to claim, depth or originality, you are in good hands here. But there is also a deserved one for that: Worth seeing!
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