Match Point

2005

Match Point

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Woody Allen's sharpest film in years, Match Point is a taut, philosophical thriller about class and infidelity.

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A clandestine love affair sends one man's charmed life into a tailspin in this dark, disturbing drama written and directed by Woody Allen, his first film set and shot in Great Britain and one his few films sans any humor. Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) is an Irish tennis player with an impoverished background. Just accomplished enough to make his way onto the professional circuit, but not skilled enough to be a consistent winner, he now works as an instructor at a London tennis club. The wealthy Tom Hewett (Matthew Goode), who is as impressed by Chris's charm and good looks as he is by his game, takes a tennis lesson from the young man. Chris's intelligence and wit also make a strong impression on Tom's pretty sister, Chloe (Emily Mortimer), who soon falls for him. It isn't long before Chris and Chloe are engaged to be married, a match that pleases both Tom and his father, Alec (Brian Cox), a successful businessman who believes Chris has a bright future in his firm. However, Chris also feels an overwhelming attraction to Nola Rice (Scarlett Johansson), a sexy blonde from the United States who is dating Tom. Though Nola initially puts up some resistance, Chris gently nudges her in the direction of an affair. Passion soon ignites between the two, and they have a one-time sexual encounter, even as Chris and Chloe plan their wedding. Nola resists, however, when Chris makes additional attempts to wheedle her into bed. Nola drops out of Chris's life shortly before his wedding, but a chance meeting a few months later resurrects the relationship as Chris and Chloe try to start a family. Match Point received its world premiere in an enthusiastically received presentation at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Matthew Goode
as Tom Hewett
Emily Mortimer
as Chloe Hewett Wilton
Brian Cox
as Alec Hewett
Penelope Wilton
as Eleanor Hewett
James Nesbitt
as Detective Banner
Ewen Bremner
as Inspector Dowd
Margaret Tyzack
as Mrs. Eastby
Rod Carver
as Simon Kunz
Geoffrey Streatfield
as Alan Sinclair
Paul Kaye
as Estate Agent
Mark Gatiss
as Ping-Pong Player
John Fortune
as John the Chauffeur
Patricia Whymark
as Telephone Operator
Simon Kunz
as Rod Carver
Zoe Telford
as Samantha
Scott Handy
as Hewetts' Friend
Emily Gilchrist
as Hewetts' Friend
Selina Cadell
as Margaret
Georgina Chapman (II)
as Nola's Co-Worker
Toby Kebbell
as Policeman
Gilly Gilchrist
as Hewetts' Friend
Steve Pemberton
as Detective Parry
Janis Kelly
as `La Traviata' Performer
Alan Oke
as `La Traviata' Performer
Mary Hegarty
as `Rigoletto' Performer
Nikki Inwood
as Stand-In
Steve Morphew
as Stand-In
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Critic Reviews for Match Point

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Audience Reviews for Match Point

  • Jun 09, 2013
    A dour and macabre film, Match Point is a monotonous suspense thriller from Woody Allen. The story follows a country club tennis instructor who marries into a wealth family, but his infidelity soon jeopardizes everything that he's worked for. Featuring an impressive cast that includes Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Matthew Goode, and Emily Mortimer, the performances are quite good. However, the script fails them: it doesn't maintain any suspense and the characters quickly lose their interest. Match Point is an especially weak film that lacks originality and is poorly executed.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2012
    Fascinating take on Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment where Woody Allen... who am I kidding... Scarlett Johansson. That is all.
    Jason R Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2012
    To me, "Match Point" defines the word 'subtle.' Allen's screenplay and direction are incredibly low-key and keep the film slowly moving until it hits an explosive finale that's equal parts thriller and dark comedy. Scarlett Johansson is electrifying in her femme fatale role and Jonathan Rhys Meyers provides a solid, if understated performance. "Match Point" isn't as exciting as you might expect, and for a thriller, it takes a heck of a lot of patience to sit through, but when it gets going, boy does it get going.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2012
    Quite easilly Woody Allen's best film of the 2000's, full of questions about the nature of luck as well love vs lust.
    Dillon L Super Reviewer

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