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Match Point

3.9 out of 5 stars 489 customer reviews


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Match Point is "a winning combination of sex, mystery, brilliant writing and first-rate acting that all adds up to one of the most erotic and exhilarating movies in years." (Maxim). Chris (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is being torn apart by his desire for two very different women. Marrying Chloe (Emily Mortimer) will bring him a life of wealth and success, but his true passion lies with his brother-in-law's fiancee, the stunningly sensuous but unpredictable Nola (Scarlett Johansson). Pulsing with tension, Match Point rides the dangerous line between ambition and obsession to an ending as surprising as it is chilling.

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  • Actors: Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode, Alexander Armstrong
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Writers: Woody Allen
  • Producers: Charles H. Joffe, Gareth Wiley, Helen Robin, Jack Rollins, Letty Aronson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (489 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EQHXNW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,115 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Match Point" on IMDb

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By Kaya Savas VINE VOICE on January 18, 2006
MOVIE: Do you ever sit and watch a movie and try and guess the ending? Do you ever try and guess what direction a film is going? Well, I dare you to try and guess this film's outcome, go ahead, I dare you. Match Point is Woody Allen's character study as to how luck plays a role in our lives. Match Point opens appropriately enough with a sideline view of a tennis ball going back and forth across the net in slow motion. The narrator is the voice of the main character, Chris, played by Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. He describes the game of tennis as luck, that once in a while the ball will hit the net. The frame then freezes as the ball hits the net, and he describes that luck determines which side of the net the ball will fall. Chris, who is an all-pro tennis player, decides to step down from playing and takes up teaching for awhile while he decides what he wants to do with his life. His latest student, Tom, shares a passion of opera with him and invites him to his family's balcony seats. There he meets Tom's sister, and he falls in love with her. However, he soon meets Nola, a beautiful woman who lures him in with her eyes. He soon finds out that Nola is Tom's soon to be wife. This is the film as it seems. Chris begins to have an affair with Nola, and after she breaks up with Tom they continue to romance without the knowledge of Tom's family. He gets married to Tom's sister and they are now expecting a child, his father in-law lands him a dream job at one of his corporations. Yet, it is still the lure of the temptress that calls to him. Woddy Allen sets up a dilemma for our main character that raises the question between love and lust, and luck and fate. While you may expect this film to be lustful drama, you have no idea where Allen takes you next.Read more ›
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Other reviewers will tell you all about the story. It was a fine story. It holds your attention all the way through. Good acting. Good plot. Great filming. Then why the three stars? Why not five? Or at least four? Well, if I could have tuned out the musical soundtrack and just had the dialog, I would have been more generous. But through every active scene they chose to play a very irritating opera tenor music track along with the action. I love music but this got on my nerves. I get what they were trying to accomplish, but still it was too nerve - racking.
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MATCH POINT is considered by some to be a departure for Woody Allen, due largely to its setting and its few oddities that can sometimes be an annoying Allen trademark. Yet it is also a well acted and well developed film that would be reminiscent for some of films such as ANNIE HALL. In order to know for sure, a person has to see it to decide and it's certainly worth seeing.

The film tells the story of Chris Wilton, and Irish born tennis player who realizes there's only so far his game will take him, so he takes a job as a tennis pro hoping to make a connection with London's upper class. His charm and ability ensure this will happen. He meets a client Tom Hewett, the son of a powerful business leader. Wilton marries Tom's sister, endears himself to his in-laws, and has a passionate affair with Nola, Tom's fiancé then later ex-girlfriend. Much of the film focuses on the ways in which Wilton goes to great lengths to cover up his affair.

The actors fit their roles well. Chris Wilton is played masterfully by Irish born Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Rhys Meyers has the look of someone who would fit into British upper class circles, and he comes across less as an imposter and more as a climber. Rhys Meyers, who is familiar to many who saw the film BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM, again an Irish lad trying to make it in England, albeit in very different circles, demonstrates he's a believable and versatile actor. Scarlet Johansson plays the American actress Nola, likewise gives a phenomenal performance. The Hewett Family: Brian Cox as father Alec, Penelope Wilton as mother Eleanor, Mathew Goode as Tom and Emily Mortimer as Chris' wife Chloe seem like British aristocrats, oblivious to all that is happening round them, yet believable too.
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Woody Allen at his cliché-ridden worst. He seems addicted to vapid wealthy people nattering about in upscale settings. The conversation is flatter than tennis courts at a country club, and the characters are the stockest of stock caricatures. The winning cast members--including Emily Mortimer, Rupert Penry-Jones, Brian Cox, and Penelope Wilton--are wasted here.

The main character's solution for removing a major threat to his plushy lifestyle is so ridiculous it becomes inadvertently funny. No one with a modicum of intelligence would devise a solution so obvious and detectable. Yet it is on this that Allen hinges his whole examination of luck and consequences.

"Match Point" proves itself a pointless--and, worse, boring--game, and I couldn't wait till it was over.
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A reasonably involving caper until it jumps the shark. Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors" shares certain thematic elements with this movie, and though it's been a while since I've seen "Crimes" I think it handles its abhorrent behavior -- and its consequences -- more successfully, and more credibly, than this one does.
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