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Break Point (2015)



Critic Consensus: Like an old pro playing an outmatched opponent, Break Point scores some solid points -- even if it never bothers to break a sweat along the way.

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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.

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Amy Smart
as Heather
Chris Parnell
as Jay LaRoche
Cy Amundson
as Hayes Davenport
Sara Bailey
as Tennis Audience
Mayank Bhatter
as Line Judge
Kristian Capalik
as Freddy Mercury Look Alike
Mo Collins
as Barry's Mom
Matt Conrad
as Alexander
Sarah B. Downey
as Tournament Goer
Kate Flannery
as Commonwealth Rep
Vince Lasalvia
as Line Official
James Lin
as Tennis Player Asian Opponent #2
Wilfred Lopez
as Tennis Lineman
Alex Marino
as Chandry
Allison Ochmanek
as Kristi Sampson
Zack Shires
as 8th Grade Bully
Tim VanDeWalker
as Cameraman
Jenny Wade
as Vanessa
Johnno Wilson
as Alan Cohen
Jared Ward
as Alan Freidland
Joy Yao
as Tournament Goer
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Critic Reviews for Break Point

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9)

"Break Point" looks good, and it has a big serve, but it's hard to love wholeheartedly.

September 4, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's a mild-mannered film, strange considering the ferocious nature of tennis itself, the sport that supposedly holds "Break Point" together.

September 4, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The affable, shaggy-dog tennis comedy Break Point is bristly and charming, just like its star and producer, Jeremy Sisto, who plays the affable shaggy-dog Jimmy Price, a washed-up semi-pro tennis player.

September 3, 2015 | Full Review…

Always nice to enjoy a little comfort-food movie in which almost nothing surprising or particularly fresh happens, but we're happy to spend time with the characters and we wish them the best as the credits roll.

September 3, 2015 | Rating: 3/4

It's the kind of amiable but predictable trifle that nobody ever seeks out, but that will mildly amuse everyone who happens to stumble onto it when it hits cable and the streaming services.

September 3, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Karas doesn't exactly reinvent the wheel as he puts this odd couple through the paces of getting in shape and reconciling old wounds, but he's helped by some laugh-out-loud quirk ...

September 2, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Break Point

There's nothing about this movie that's gonna revolutionize the sports movie genre. Then again, there's hardly any sports movie that's gonna revolutionize that particularly genre, unless there's something really out there, conceptually, that I haven't seen before, sports movies are generally bound by cliches and the limitations of the sport they're representing, as it were. I haven't seen many tennis movies, as if they're really that many that are notable or memorable, but I will admit that this is a pretty good one all things considered. One of the things I liked about it is that the film isn't about this big tennis tournament, it's the qualifiers to get to the Open, and I'm not even sure it's that big of an Open anyway. Often, so many of these films focus on a team or an individual, in the case of boxing or golf (not a real sport) films, overcome a variety of obstacles, betrayals, etc in order to win this big and important tournament or championship. This movie is much more smaller scaled and I don't have a problem with that, since it's far more believable and easy to buy into. Not that this movie is completely realistic or anything like that, but its approach is certainly appreciated since it makes it easy to get into the characters. But I digress, I thought the movie was well-written, it was funny and the characters are likable and the acting is more than solid. Jeremy Sisto is really good in this movie. I'm not saying that you expect an actor to be incapable of playing certain roles, but, from what I've seen of Jeremy, this is a bit of a change of pace from what he normally does and he's really good at it. He's a funny dude and I'm sure he showcased that in shows like Suburgatory, which I honestly haven't seen, but he doesn't get to show it much in films. He has great chemistry David Walton, who plays his brother in film, which was essential in telling this story. They did a good job at making you believe that they were brothers. There's also some good character development involved with them and how Jimmy turned pro and joined up with another guy and did everything his brother wanted to do but never got around to doing. So at least there's some sort of development between them. Not like it's all complex or super detailed, but it is something. Both Jeremy and David, at the very least, look like tennis players. They don't look like great tennis players, which is part of what the film is trying to achieve, so I thought that was beneficial to the overall quality of the film. Didn't add a lot, but it added something, like you can tell they're not great tennis players and that they probably had no real chance to win in the Open, if they even classified for it. But, like I said, the movie is well-written, but not outstanding, it's not like it rises above the genre cliches. Nor does it even attempt to. Which is fine, really, I didn't mind as much because I did enjoy the movie. It's just that sometimes you wish that they'd do something a little more out of the box. And it's not a problem with this film specifically, just with the entire genre in general. But, with that said, I still found the film highly enjoyable. It's good, at best, but I still enjoyed it a lot. Good cast and solid writing, so I can't complain much. Pretty good movie that's easy to watch. I'd recommend it if you have Amazon Prime. It won't amaze or dazzle you, but it will entertain you.

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