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Monday, March 20, 2006

MATCH POINT, Run time: 124 minutes, Rated "R",( sexuality), Dreamworks Distribution.....This is Woody Allen’s latest effort (as director) and is his first film done in the UK. In this one Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays Chris Wilton, a professional tennis player not quite good enough for the big time. He has taken a job as an instructor at an exclusive London tennis club where he meets rich playboy Tom Hewett (Matthew Goode) and his sister Chloe (Emily Mortimer). Chris and Chloe hit it off and get married while Tom has a gorgeous girlfriend in Nola Rice (Scarlett Johansson). Tom and Nola eventually break up and although Chris is married to Chloe, he starts an amorous relationship with Nola which leads to her getting pregnant. Nola becomes demanding of Chris’s attention via various threats that would jeopardize his marriage and cushy financial situation through Chloe’s wealthy family. This situation leaves him in a quandary as to what to do. To find out what that is you will have to see the movie. I am a Woody Allen fan, I enjoy his sense of humor and his look at people and life’s daily problems. "Match Point" is excellent but a little long at 124 minutes. It reminds me a bit of one of Woody’s best, "Crimes and Misdemeanors" (1989) and is well worth seeing.

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