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SXSW Film Review: 'Break Point'

By Neha Aziz, March 9, 2014, 3:54pm, Picture in Picture

There are double faults a-plenty in this tennis-themed dramedy.

Jeremy Sisto plays doubles tennis player Jimmy Price, whose career is a joke. At 35, he lacks discipline, dedication, and perspective – so much so that his doubles partner gives him the boot after they lose an important match. Still wanting to compete and desperate to find a replacement, he turns to his estranged brother, Darren (David Walton). They had played together growing up, but when Jimmy got the opportunity to train with someone else, their partnership ended before you could say "match point."

Reluctant at first, Darren, who has been making a living as a substitute teacher, accepts on the advice of his persistent and exuberantly dressed student, Barry (Joshua Rush). The brothers slowly start to rebuild their personal and professional relationship with the occasional aid of their father (J.K. Simmons).

The film has a handful of funny, winning moments, but unfortunately, much like its protagonist, Break Point lacks focus; there are too many storylines at play, and key plot points are predictable. Poor Jimmy: We can't all be aces.

Break Point

Narrative Spotlight, World Premiere
Sunday, March 9, 7pm, Alamo Slaughter
Wednesday, March 12, 4:30pm, Alamo Village
Thursday, March 13, 11am, Stateside

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