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Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode,
||Not because much
is inappropriate for them, but mostly because they'd be
||Better for her
||Lots of humping
and some bra action, but sadly, Scarlett keeps all of her
||No one is really
chasing anyone, except, well, Chris running after Nola in
the rain, but then again, who wouldn't?
||There was a
chuckle or two.
||The plot twist
that actually surprised me.
Garreth Wiley, Lucy Darwin
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
A Movie Review
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
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!!