Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is a former tennis pro who begins work at a London tennis club. He meets a wealthy family, befriends the son and romances the daughter. Things are looking good for Chris as he starts to move up the corporate ladder, and then he meets would-be actress Nola (Scarlett Johansson).
I knew nothing of this movie beforehand and assumed it was just a poor-boy-makes-good story; then came the last twenty minutes and I was shocked. The movie changed completely and I loved it. The Woody Allen film has been rightly compared with Hitchcock's work. Indeed, Chris is quite similar to Ray Milland's character in Dial M for Murder; both are charming, retired/washed-up tennis stars and pretty boys who marry well and aren't big on ethics. While both Meyers and Johansson underplay their parts and lack chemistry together, the story is so good that I thoroughly enjoyed it. The movie is expertly directed and has a strong British supporting cast; heartily recommended.
Chris is a new tennis pro at a country club. His claim to fame is that he once played Andre Agassi. One of his students is a wealthy man about his age, who takes an immediate liking to Chris, especially when he finds Chris is fond of opera. He invites Chris to the opera to share his family's box. At the opera, the man's sister (Cloe) takes and immediate liking to Chris. Pretty soon they are dating. Chris seems to be real happy and since Cloe's family likes Chris too, Cloe's father offers Chris a … more