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Overall Rating
4

Awesome: 29.35%
Worth A Look51.09%
Average: 11.96%
Pretty Bad: 5.43%
Total Crap: 2.17%

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Match Point
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by Chris Wilson

"When the worst part of a movie is Scarlett Johansson, it canít be bad!"
4 stars

Not unlike Ron Burgundy, the new movie Match Point is apparently kind of a big deal. While at the time of this writing itís only playing in a handful of theaters around the Twin Cities area, the matinee showing I attended was packed to nearly the last seat. I was forced to take a second row seat, this after spending at least 10 minutes trying to find a parking spot. I never imagined myself being so uncomfortably close to Scarlett Johansson.

In a very convoluted nutshell, Irish lad Chris (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is a former tennis pro who ends up courting a clientís sister, Chloe. Her British family is quite well off and quickly makes him at home with a posh job, personal driver and his own company expense account. Life is good. But it gets even better when he meets and begins an affair with American hottie Nola (Johansson), his girlfriendís brotherís fiancťe. She seems to be everything thatís missing from his relationship with Chloe. But, as often happens in movies, things quickly get complicated (wedding rings) and dangerous (shotguns). Did I mention this is a comedy?

Yes, you can definitely call it dark humor. The jokes arenít that pronounced so donít expect any applause or laugh signs to come flashing on screen. And to be honest, Match Point is just as much a psychological thriller as it is a domestic comedy. Thankfully each genre works so perfectly inside the material that when the story begins to shift, nothing seems unnatural.

Alright, I lied. Iím sorry, but this is difficult for me. One thing seemed a bit unnatural in the movie. And that wasÖ Scarlett Johansson. At least her performance in the first half of the film. When things get more emotional and intense, she steps it up with the material. Until then, her lines just donít come out as saucy and seductive as theyíre meant to be. I tried to cut her some slack. Maybe being the only character not sporting a British accent was intimidating. Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn. Boyish crush or no, I have to be honest: sheís the weakest link in the acting department. Everyone else, especially Rhys Meyers, is stellar in a script bursting with nuance filled characters.

Basically, I really liked Match Point but I canít recommend it to everyone. The humor isnít going to be up everyoneís proverbial alley. The ending is going to downright frustrate some people. This is the best way I can put it: if you think Bud Lite beer really is the king of beers and arenít willing or able to try anything new, different or interesting then sit this one out. The rewards are there, but only for those who are willing to give them a shot. A delicious, refreshing beer flavored shot.

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User Comments

6/08/19 Anne Yuck; scenic London gave it the 2 stars 2 stars
11/10/15 David H. A very sexy Hitchcockian throwback. 5 stars
8/14/15 Langano Very good. 4 stars
8/09/10 Monday Morning A better Hitchcock movie than any Hitchcock movie. 5 stars
11/23/08 Samantha Pruitt very effective, keeps you on the edge of your seat, great acting! 5 stars
10/31/08 Shaun Wallner Interesting Movie! 4 stars
5/21/08 PAUL SHORTT BAD CHARACTERS MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO FEEL THE HORROR THAT IT IS CLEARLY AIMING FOR 1 stars
11/16/07 Luisa Great Movie! Suspenseful...erotic... 4 stars
5/15/07 David Pollastrini Scarlett Looks hot in this! 3 stars
1/24/07 Christopher Best movie of 2005, Allen at his best. Loved every minute of this classic. Watch it. 5 stars
9/16/06 Grets A fine film with Scarlett gorgeous but ending somewhat lazy 4 stars
6/04/06 Indrid Cold Given the generic plot, it's about as good as it could be. Nothing to write home about. 4 stars
6/02/06 Phil M. Aficionado So-so. Well made and acted. But it left me cold and I don't care enough to ponder why. 3 stars
5/09/06 Monday Morning Great tension and surprising twists; but it could have been tightened up for sake of pace. 4 stars
5/08/06 Josephine i really liked this movie, it was something different not your regular love affair 5 stars
4/23/06 Mase Slow thriller, unlikable characters you just don't care about. Expected more, sorry. 3 stars
4/22/06 margotkidding Overhyped. Well executed, but none of the characters is recognizably human. 3 stars
4/04/06 Jenny Tullwartz The role ScarletJohansen was born for -- a botch who gets shit --uh, a bitch who gets shot. 3 stars
3/07/06 john bale Woody back in form - albeit with Hitchcock overtones. 4 stars
2/28/06 sbpat21 brilliant; a masterpiece 5 stars
2/25/06 PAG Most underrated move of 2005. Great movie. 5 stars
2/23/06 Koitus GREAT movie! Finally, a "movie for ADULTS." Scarlett beautiful as ever. 5 stars
2/18/06 jcjss so fine, clever, neat, fun, rascal, hot, smart, visually fine, edtied great, acting wow 5 stars
2/10/06 BILL HART LOVED IT; CUT THE GHOST SCENE! SOME TIGHTENING NEEDED AT END! 4 stars
2/07/06 Elizabeth S A terrific role for the always excellent Jonathan Rhys Meyers! 4 stars
1/25/06 Mike V Best Woody Allen Movie in years 4 stars
1/23/06 astrotart I thought I saw this already on Lifetime? 2 stars
1/23/06 Andrew Phillips It's the director who tries to get away with murder. 2 stars
1/21/06 Ole Man Bourbon Crap. A chore. You banged Sun Yi, get over it, we're sick of hearing about it. 2 stars
1/19/06 karen and liz lil romeo is so sexy 5 stars
1/18/06 marty derivative, shaggy dog story 2 stars
1/10/06 John an extremly tense and well put together thriller - impressive 5 stars
1/09/06 C. Hilton Lousy - no redeeming value - 1 stars
1/09/06 Gil Carlson Great film, has depth and movement. Makes you think afterwards. 5 stars
12/30/05 Jim The Movie Freak Welcome back Woody. It only took you 20 years! 5 stars
12/29/05 simolife24 cinema 4 stars
12/29/05 Bruce Bethany A masterpiece Hitchcock might envy. 5 stars
12/20/05 Ray Superb 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  28-Dec-2005 (R)
  DVD: 25-Apr-2006

UK
  06-Jan-2006 (12A)

Australia
  02-Mar-2006




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