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Movie Review: Match Point

Alternate Title: Sex, Lies and Social Climbing

Story: The hoopla over Woody Allen's new film got me to the theater on opening day but sadly I cannot jump on the 'he's back' bandwagon. It is never a good sign that I started to look at my watch after only 25 minutes into the film.

Yes, it is pretty to look at, the people are handsome, the sets spectacular, the interiors are perfect down to the last detail but the story is oh, so old. Woody Allen has taken his upper class addiction across the pond to Britain. We see the very rich (and how they live) and also see the 'up from his bootstraps' young man make entry into this often closed enclave. It is an 'American Tragedy' in London.

Poor boy meets rich girl, gets hitched, fools around, gets trapped, needs to escape before his new world comes crumbling down. There are no surprises (except for one twist near the end) and there are no laughs at all.

I have been a Woody Allen fan since the very beginning of his career and will continue going to see his films despite being disappointed by this ho hum chapter.

Acting: I am a BIG Jonathan Rhys-Meyers fan. He has that sexy bedroom eyes Elvis look (he did play Elvis in a recent TV biopic). Is it enough to care for a character only because he is good looking? Am I that shallow? Sad to say, I admit to this fault. Scarlett Johansson as the 'other woman' does more acting than she has done in any of her recent films. She is usually relegated to just looking beautiful and staring off into space. The rest of the cast is typical British upper class and play their parts well.

Predilection: I am a long time Woody Allen fan.

Food: There is a restaurant scene where even the upper class order different things on the menu than common folk.

Soundtrack: Woody Allen has replaced the usual scratchy old jazz recordings he used as a soundtrack with scratchy old opera arias. But I must say, the opera music added a lot to the drama.

Opening Titles: The usual Allen white type over a black background.

Visual Art: Attention to detail and paintings are superb. Because we are dealing with the upper class we are treated to walks through the Tate Modern and the Saatchi Gallery.

Theater Audience: Packed for the first show on opening day. Woody's fans cross the age/race spectrum.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I drifted quite a bit and started to think about going to see the three hour King Kong.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Nit Picking: Everything old is new again.

Big Screen or Rental: Your choice.But for some of Meyers work, try renting:

"Elvis", Alexander, Vanity Fair, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, Bend It Like Beckham, Prozac Nation, Titus, Ride with the Devil, The Governess, Velvet Goldmine,Telling Lies in America and Michael Collins.

Length: Two hours.