Match Point

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

A tennis pro (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), used to falling short of his goals, is befriended by a wealthy family and marries the daughter (Emily Mortimer). Although he gets seduced by their money and success, he gives in to the attraction he has for his friends fianc (Scarlett Johansson), thereby putting his secure position in jeopardy. When the affair leads to pregnancy, she demands he leave the comfortable life and marry her. Torn by guilt and the fear of losing his status, he plots her demise.

Its a morality tale about how the good life can corrupt the nature of man. Its written and directed by Woody Allen, but unlike anything else hes done. There are no Woody-isms, no actors imitating his persona, nor does it look as if hes imitating European directors. Its Woody Allen proving he still can grow as an artist and that hes determined to tell an engrossing story. Its a drama, but witty, with perceptive dialogue and a poignant message.

That said, beware the content. The films sexuality and the oft-misuse of Christs name should be a consideration before subjecting yourself to it.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Few (4) times mild (hell or damn 4)

Obscene Language: none

Profanity: Several (10) strong (J 2, C 4, Oh God 6)

Violence: Few mild (a frustrated woman hits her lying lover) moderate (2 gunshot blasts, killing 2 people, but the lifeless bodies are off camera)

Sex: Few times mild (man and woman kiss repeatedly)Moderate (5 times there is fornication, but no nudity or graphic details; adultery is committed)

Nudity: mild (a couple rips at each others clothing, but little is seen)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: a couple of times mild (there are a couple of conversations, but nothing lurid)

Drugs: Many times moderate (Several characters smoke, including the female lead, throughout; a great deal of social drinking throughout; Two characters joke about drinking and overindulge on several occasions)

Other: The lead struggles with right and wrong losing the battle. The theme: theres no meaning, no justice. The group speaks contemptuously of religion. That conversation reveals their spiritual shallowness, setting the scene for adultery, selfishness and murder.

Running Time: 124 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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