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The Look of Love NR CC

Steve Coogan in a comedy about England's most notorious playboy.

Starring:
Jennifer Ellis, Steve Coogan
Runtime:
1 hour, 42 minutes

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Michael Winterbottom
Starring Jennifer Ellis, Steve Coogan
Supporting actors Nick Hopper, Paul Popplewell, Imogen Poots, Anna Friel, Jim Clubb, Sarah Lou, Emma Williamson, Stephen Fry, Raymond Waring, Kieran O'Brien, Shirley Henderson, Frankie Thomson, Jennifer Gardiner, David Walliams, Betsy Rose, Katie Swatton, Tabitha Taboo, Gemma Nicholas
Studio IFC FILMS
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Going in, I knew almost nothing about Paul Raymond. This is a lovely, very engaging film with some great performances, esp Steve Coogan & Imogen Poots. Quite funny with a great sense of London from through the 50's, 60's and 70's. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's raunchy with quite a bit of nudity, so probably not good family viewing however.
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This semi comedic film sets about telling the story of one of the most colourful characters of the last century, well in England anyway. That was Paul Raymond, played by the nearly always, brilliant Steve Coogan. We start with the untimely death of his much loved daughter. He then reflects back on his life.

This is done by the film going back to the beginning of his sex empire and reverts to black and white which was a a good way to age the footage and we see how his philandering ways cost him his first marriage. We have him being a theatre impresario and the ‘art’ of ladies with scant clothes on being his stock in trade. Raymond seems to like quoting Oscar Wilde which is also a nice touch. Whilst this is a comedy it is the script and the one liners that do most of the laughs. The actual on screen action is as much drama as anything else.

There is a host of supporting stars too with Chris Addison playing a very beardy ‘Men’s Only’ publisher. Anna Friel as Jean Raymond, Matt Lucas as Divine, David Walliams as a pervy vicar and even Stephen Fry putting in a very short appearance as a barrister. Coogan’s make up is excellent and he ages really well throughout the 101 minutes of screen time. The soundtrack is great too with the likes of Roxy Music, T-Rex and even Cilla Black all getting an airing. There is a fair deal of mild nudity and a lot of ‘strong’ words which are all in context and not gratuitous – unlike the nude ladies that is.

It has been criticised for lack of character development, but I think that was half the problem in that Raymond did not have to develop and so got round to it too late, also it is quite difficult to do that with such a long cast list. The main question should be is it any good?
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Narration, long montage scenes, highlights of a glamorous life A man's a rise to fame and fortune that spans decades.
The seedy side of show business. The Hugh Hefner of London. Sounds like a great story... righ?. So, why is it so boring?

Perhaps there are too many stories here. Too many highlights. The lead character never seems to change. And despite all the various scenes. They all seem like a scene, we've seen before.
I just didn't like or care about any of these characters.

Unfortunately, I can't recommend, despite some great performances in the supporting female roles.
I think Steve Coogan was under utilized here.
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Recounting the life of porn king and entrepreneur Paul Raymond, THE LOOK OF LOVE tells the story of a self-made man, born Geoffrey Quinn, who rose to become Britain's richest man. He achieved this by buying innumerable properties and setting up a porn empire that at its height included the Raymond Revuebar, the Windmill Theatre, the Whitehall Theatre, plus two best-selling magazines, "Men Only" and "Club International." Despite such success, Raymond - as characterized by Steve Coogan - remained a fundamentally unhappy man. Obsessed with the idea of proving his virility, he spent most of his time bedding young women as well as taking vicarious pleasure in watching women perform various sex acts on stage. Although his daughter Debbie (Imogen Poots) was devoted to him, Raymond remained indifferent to her - unless, that is, she could make more money for him, He cast her in an ill-starred revue, "Royalty Follies," in a leading role for which she was completely unsuited. The only time Raymond actually missed her was at her death due to a drug overdose. Michael Winterbottom's film makes no judgment on Raymond, but nonetheless suggests the emptiness of the world he created - neither titillating nor sexy, it simply treated women as objects. The film does a brilliant job of recreating the seedy Soho world of the Sixties and Seventies, with its grimy streets and tatty shops. Steve Coogan does a wonderful job in the leading role; he is proving to be a talented performer in a variety of vehicles. THE LOOK OF LOVE contains a gallery of cameo roles from British comedians, including Stephen Fry, Matt Lucas, David Wallians and Miles Jupp; but its story remains a fundamentally melancholy one to tell.
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There was a bizarre meta-moment during the screening of Michael Winterbottom’s biopic of Soho impresario Paul Raymond when the audience, at a little preview screening theatre in heart of Soho, realised we were sitting in the exact room that was appearing on the screen in front of us – a scene taking place in a Soho screening room and clearly shot on location.

It isn’t clear who did think it was a good idea to title this film “The Look of Love” but they were mistaken, not least because there was a Robin Williams/Ed Harris vehicle of the same name scheduled for release the same year. In any case, however you do choose to look at this film – a question of some perplexity as I will explain – it isn’t a romantic comedy, and making it sound like one runs the risk of nixing its chances at the box office, at which it verily tanked, if Box Office Mojo is anything to go by: it seems to have made about twenty grand. That ain't going to pay for Steve Coogan's dry cleaning.

And the picture’s misnaming is symptomatic of a bigger problem with the film in general: it’s an Arthur masquerading as a Martha. By its plot trajectory, The Look of Love ought to be a tragedy, but the characters of neither Paul Raymond (Steve Coogan, playing a role with parallels to his own life’s experience) nor his beloved daughter Deborah (Imogen Poots) are invested with the right qualities to make a tragedy work.

Tragic characters are possessed of a delicate balance of emotionally-investable virtue and repellant human flaw. This precipitates in them a righteous internal struggle which, in the end, the virtuous side must lose. Tragedies are all about this internal struggle been light and dark. They are not, principally, about the background facts against which this struggle plays out.
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