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Match Point
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Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode, Brian Cox
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Dreamworks
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Kiddie Movie: Not because much is inappropriate for them, but mostly because they'd be bored.
Date Movie: Better for her than you.
Gratuitous Sex: Lots of humping and some bra action, but sadly, Scarlett keeps all of her clothes on.
Gratuitous Violence: Shotguns are involved.
Action: No one is really chasing anyone, except, well, Chris running after Nola in the rain, but then again, who wouldn't?
Laughs: There was a chuckle or two.
Memorable Scene: The plot twist that actually surprised me.
Memorable Quote: Nothing stands out.
Directed By: Woody Allen
Produced By: Letty Aronson, Garreth Wiley, Lucy Darwin

Match Point
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 2:04 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Let me start by saying that for whatever reason, Iíve never been a big fan of Woody Allen movies, and sometimes wonder why it always the dream of actors to work with him. But I am a fan of Scarlett Johansson, alright, maybe more of a stalker than a fan, so I was enthused to see "Match Point" if only for her. After the film, I am still a fan of hers, although her character is the same emotional woman you hear on a talk show telling how the man she loves and sleeps with wonít leave his wife even though he keeps telling her he is going to leave her. Letís get to the movieÖ

Pretty much "Match Point" gives us the story of Chris (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). Heís a tennis dude who just canít get to be the top tennis dude, so he ends up being a tennis instructor at an exclusive club. Here he meets Tom (Matthew Goode). Tom is the son of a wealthy businessman who takes a liking to Chris. They never say if the liking is of the loving nature, although they do hint at it, but Chris gets indoctrinated into the family of Tom. Now, Tom has a sister, Chloe (Emily Mortimer), who Chris eventually falls for, but Tom also has a fiancť, Nola (Johansson), that Chris eventually lusts for. In his lust, and I found it odd, Chris seems to see his set-up as perfect: If he marries Chloe, and Tom is supposed to be marrying Nola, Chris will be able to be around Nola and still get some from Chloe. So Chris and Chloe get married, and much to Chrisís dismay, especially since the sex with Nola is so smoking hot, Nola and Tom call off their wedding and Nola disappears.

Some time now goes by, Chloe gets daddy to set Chris up with a great job in his company, but Chris and Chloe are having some issues, namely, Chloe canít get pregnant, so now sex for them turns into a chore instead of something hot. Low and behold, Chris runs into Nola at an art gallery and their affair kicks back into high gear. Chloe still canít get pregnant, Chris keeps cooking up lie after lie to keep his affair going, Chris keeps telling Nola he will be leaving Chloe soon, itís just that right now isnít a good/appropriate time to do it. Nola, yes, of course, believes him every time, so Chris gets to keep the lifestyle he has become accustomed to, and get some good sex on the side.

Well, I wonít ruin the twists and turns that take place next because, and this I will give to Woody Allen and his writing, he did find a way to take what should have been an easy ending, although wacky and the ending you think the movie will take, and turn it around, because as the ending was starting to take shape, well, I found Chris as the biggest moron trying to figure his way out of the affair he was having, but as the movie ended up, he was a genius.

I will say this, that Woody Allen took a normal story of a dude having an affair and trying to get out of it and added some pretty interesting, if over the top, twists to the story. Meyers as Chris was just good enough as the kind of oaf who ends up in luxury and still has smoking hot sex, but the real winner here was Scarlett Johansson as Nola, going from the mixed up American girl trying to fit in with the rich, to the girl who seems to be in love with a dude, to the typical product of an affair, never breaking it off but instead believing the dude really is going to give up his life of luxury, leave his wife, and live with her happily ever after. She exudes sex, and then frustration but still with sex, then anger but will still have sex, then total disgust but still lets the dude get in her pants, then the threatening of "If you donít tell her, Iíll tell her," than, well, it finally ends.

I found the movie a little too long, but that happens sometimes with artsier films. In the end, I will say "Match Point" is an okay movie if you like the artsier type of film. Scarlett was great, but most of the story is standard "Heís having an affair and his affairee wonít get it into her head that he will never leave his wife," except for the twists and turns at the end. I understand the accolades the film is getting, but for me it was just sort of an okay film. With that, itís 3 Ĺ stars out of 5.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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