Movie Review: Broadgreen Pictures' Break Point

Break Point

Director: Jay Karas
Written by: Gene Hong & Jeremy Sisto
Starring: Jeremy Sisto, David Walton, Joshua Rush, J.K. Simmons, Amy Smart, Vincent Ventresca and Adam Devine

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Jimmy Price is a reckless man-child on the last leg of his career as a doubles tennis player. When his latest partner drops him, he realizes he’s officially burned all of his bridges on the pro circuit. He decides to make one last ditch effort to revive his career, reaching outside of the tennis world and convincing his childhood partner -- his estranged brother Darren, now an apathetic substitute teacher – to team up with him. The mismatched pair, with the help of a unique 11-year-old named Barry, make an unlikely run at a grand slam tournament and are forced to re-discover their game, and their brotherhood.

Jimmy Price (Jeremy Sisto) is a washed up tennis player who loses his doubles partner. He gets the bright idea to go for the Open. He needs a partner, though. After asking many, he ends up asking his brother, Darren (David Walton), who he used to play doubles with in their youth. They were champs then. But now Jimmy is an out of shape, heavy drinker who needs to grow up.

This movie has a few parallel plots. Darren has a crush on his father’s vet assistant, Heather (Amy Smart). He also is a substitute who can’t shake his student, Barry (Joshua Rush) on summer vacation. Barry is also on a personal journey. The brothers have some unresolved issues too.

The movie was mostly light and entertaining. It flowed nicely with no slow spots. Liking tennis will help you with the story since there is a lot of tennis in the movie! Toward the end I found myself having to really pay attention to what was happening in the match! Also impressive is that the actors were really playing.

The cast in Break Point was great! Amy Smart has been one of my favorite actresses for a long time and it was great to see her on the big screen. David Walton plays the comedic straight man which he does very well. It is interesting that he is the sensible one in this movie since on his show, About a Boy, his character is pretty irresponsible. Speaking of that show, he also acts with a young boy. He and Joshua were great together. Jeremy and Joshua have a great scene together in a hot tub. There is lots of swearing but Joshua’s character wins the match! J.K. Simmons never lets you down. He plays Jimmy and Darren’s father. Where else have you seen him this year? Terminator Genesis! I save Jeremy Sisto for last. His character is a big ole mess and he looked the part whole heartedly. He’s very scruffy and unkempt with an uncombed curly afro most of the film. Somehow, Jeremy is still seriously cute! I was really hoping Jimmy combed his hair at some point but he never does. None the less, my eyes stayed fixed on Jeremy.

The movie does wrap up all plot points. They don’t all end the way you might think but some do. Break Point is fun, funny, and dramatic. It is also athletic. If you like tennis then you will enjoy this movie.

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