A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Everyone deserves a second chance, even a brother who betrayed you (but didn't truly understand it at the time). Also, second-guessing yourself is the surest way to ensure defeat.
Positive Role Models
Jimmy is a rude, messy, selfish wildcard on the tennis circuit, but he also cares about his family and has a heart he conceals because of his own insecurity. Darren holds grudges but is able to rise above them when push comes to shove. Their father is kind and wise, even though he sometimes waits too long to share his wisdom.
Violence & Scariness
Two men tussle after a tennis match, punching each other. A man belittles his tennis partners (among many other rude behaviors), and some retaliate with passive-aggression.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One character strips online for paying customers (though she's not shown doing so, just wearing a cleavage-revealing top). Some kissing and innuendo.
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One character is coarse and curses, sometimes in front of children; he and others use words like "damn," "a--hole," "s--t" and "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Primarily tennis-related brands like Head and Penn, and, in one scene, the Kia Sorrento.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One adult character drinks often, throughout the day.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Break Point is a thoughtful comedy masquerading as a rough-around-the-edges romp with a mouthy athlete as one of its main characters. Expect some salty language (including "f--k" and "s--t") and drinking (one character likes his beer a little too much, even when he's training), as well as punches being thrown and some innuendo/sexual references -- as well as kissing and a character who strips online for money (nothing graphic is shown). Underlying everything is a message about second chances and forgiving others -- especially family. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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