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Some Kind of Beautiful (Canadian title: How to Make Love Like an Englishman, UK title: Lessons in 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.

Some Kind of Beautiful
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tom Vaughan
Produced by
Written by Matthew Newman
Music by
Cinematography David Tattersall
Edited by Matthew Friedman
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release date
  • November 6, 2014 (2014-11-06) (AFM premiere)
  • August 21, 2015 (2015-08-21) (United States)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English



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 get divorced and Richard is 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 negative reviews. Metacritic gives the film a weighted average score of 11% based on reviews from 9 critics.[7]


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