Some Kind of Beautiful
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTom Vaughan
Written byMatthew Newman
Produced by
CinematographyDavid Tattersall
Edited byMatthew Friedman
Music by
Distributed byLionsgate
Release dates
  • November 6, 2014 (2014-11-06) (AFM premiere)
  • August 21, 2015 (2015-08-21) (United States)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States

Some Kind of Beautiful (Canadian title: How to Make Love Like an Englishman, UK title: Lessons in Love, European title: Teach Me Love) is a 2014 American romantic comedy film written by Matthew Newman, directed by Tom Vaughan, and starring Pierce Brosnan, Jessica Alba and Salma Hayek. It was produced by Kevin Frakes and Richard Lewis.


By day, Richard Haig (Pierce Brosnan) is a successful and well-respected English professor in the UK. By night, Richard indulges his own romantic fantasies with a steady stream of beautiful undergraduates. So when Kate (Jessica Alba), Richard's stunning, athletic, 25-year-old American girlfriend tells him that she is pregnant, Richard is shocked. Putting his wandering eye behind him, he marries her and agrees to move to Los Angeles to start their family. It doesn't take long for Richard to realize that his past is hard to escape, as is the toll his strained relationship with his dysfunctional father has had on him. Meanwhile, Kate tells Richard that she has developed feelings for someone else. They separate and Richard is now free to move on with Kate's sister Olivia (Salma Hayek), with whom he has been in love with since before he married Kate. Olivia and Richard start dating soon after.



Jessica Alba, Pierce Brosnan and Kristin Scott Thomas were the first to be cast in May.[1] Thomas later dropped out and was replaced by Salma Hayek.[2] Ben McKenzie joined the cast on October 17.[3]


The film was shot for 25 days, production started filming in Los Angeles on October 14, 2013 and ended on November 9, 2013.[3]


The film had its world premiere at the AFM on November 6, 2014.[4] The film was released in Denmark on June 4, 2015. The film was released on DirecTV on July 23, 2015, prior to being released in a limited release and through video on demand on August 21, 2015.[5][6]


The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 6% rating based on 34 reviews, with an average rating of 3.25/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "Stranding Pierce Brosnan as a charmless cad, this tone-deaf romantic comedy is Some Kind Of something, but it definitely isn't beautiful."[7] Metacritic gives the film a weighted average score of 11% based on reviews from 9 critics, indicating "overwhelming dislike".[8]

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  2. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (7 October 2013). "Salma Hayek Lands Lead In How To Make Love Like An Englishman". Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  3. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (17 October 2013). "Ben McKenzie Joins Cast of How To Make Love Like an Englishman (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  4. ^ The Deadline Team. "'Mr Right' Rights Sell To Lakeshore & Sierra/Affinity – AFM Briefs - Deadline". Deadline Hollywood.
  5. ^ Ross A. Lincoln. "[WATCH] 'Some Kind Of Beautiful Trailer – Brosnan, Hayek Fall In Love - Deadline". Deadline Hollywood.
  6. ^ "Lionsgate Publicity".
  7. ^ "Some Kind of Beautiful (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  8. ^ "Some Kind Of Beautiful Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 28, 2020.