38th Toronto International Film Festival Coverage: Day Eight
Thursday, September 12th, 2013 by Ian Evans
It’s day eight and just when you think the energy is winding down, you have a great night. We attended two red carpet galas tonight, The Right Kind of Wrong and The Love Punch.
The Right Kind of Wrong is from director Jeremiah S. Chechik, who has given us films like Benny & Joon and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. In the film, Ryan Kwanten is a writer whose wife left him for his best friend and publishes his character flaws on a blog. He meets a woman he knows he’s meant for, but there’s just one hitch…she’s getting hitched. The film was based on a book, Tim Sandin’s Sex and Sunsets, that took place before blogging, but director Chechik thought the material was ripe for a little modernization.
We move from a romantic comedy to a romantic comedy/heist film in the form of writer-director Joel Hopkins’ The Love Punch which stars Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson as a divorced couple who agree to pair up on a jewel robbery on the Cote d’Azur. Thompson loved the quick-witted banter which reminded her of the sparring couples comedies of the Thirties and Fifties, while Brosnan said it was just simply a joyous way to spend the summer in the south of France.
Thompson was having a ball on the carpet. While being interviewed by Etalk’s Jessi Cruickshank, Emma and Pierce shared a drop of vodka while Emma wrapped them in one of the barrier ropes from the carpet.