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Break Point

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Quietly moving comedy about tennis, brotherhood; language.

Movie R 2015 90 minutes
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BREAK POINT is a slow burn: Like the game it portrays, it hits lulls at moments and then rallies to a satisfying finish. Credit goes in large part to Sisto and Walton, who are convincing as brothers. They have the tense-but-love-filled dynamic down pat, as well as the competitive nature of siblinghood.

Yes, you can spot the ending a game, set, and match away -- and some plot points, like David's break-up with an ex, are dangled and discarded for apparently no other reason than inattentive editing/directing. But the movie is also watchable for other reasons, including the charming appearance of young Barry, and the tennis, which manages to persuade viewers that this is a sports movie, too, even though it was clearly made on a budget and doesn't feature any major tennis greats, or particularly impressive tennis moves.

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