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Tennis, Anyone...?
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by Katharine Leis

"Not perfect...but a film with true heart."
4 stars

Though it had some shining moments, "Tennis, Anyone?" overall seemed an attempt at combining an independent flair with a Hollywood ending.

Donal Logue took on the enormous task of writing, directing, and starring in this feature length film and for that, he deserves a lot of credit. His acting ability is very strong, but as a director it seems he did not give himself a character to play throughout. He plays in the film Danny Macklin, a semi-successful Hollywood actor with a terrible wife (Kylie Bax), and a good best friend named Gary Morgan (Kirk Fox). Macklin goes through ups and downs and eventually hits rock bottom before putting the pieces of his life back together and figuring out his purpose in life.

The film showed some incredible moments of fine acting but overall seemed unsure of itself. The opening scene had Danny and Gary acting in a film which was never mentioned again. Later in the film, Gary asks Danny for his opinion on a scene he is going to perform the next day at an audition, and his acting suddenly becomes terrible beyond words, prompting Danny to tell him to give up his dream of being an actor. In the opening film scene Gary was difficult with the director, but his acting was great. Danny was supposedly very successful and Gary was playing opposite him in that film so it should have been a good role, but Danny is convinced Gary will never get another job again.

The tennis theme of the movie has Danny and Gary applying or accepting to play at Celebrity Tennis Tournaments. But if Gary is not anywhere near being a celebrity, why would Danny not be paired with someone else?

Danny's nemesis Johnnie Green (Jason Isaacs) is the very definition of a two-faced, phony, egocentric Hollywood actor. To the crowds he is sweet and endearing, but to everyone else he is evil...even to his friend Nick Allen (Kenneth Mitchell) who for whatever reason puts up with much torment.

Danny's wife Christy is uncaring and terrible to him at all times, and it's left unstated if they ever had a good relationship at all.

Danny and Gary have several talks while either sitting or standing in which a message is relayed or a story revealed. These portions were kind of a waste of great material. The lessons were strong and the stories were good, but instead of demostrating them or being creative in their delivery, one character just came out and told the other. Though budget was a constraint, I think there could have been a more creative way of giving the audience the same messages besides just telling them. But it works for Kevin Smith and he sure has a lot of followers, so it could work for audiences here as well. Just not so much for me.

Many of the strong scenes show just how talented the actors are, and how talented of a director Logue can be. He's definitely got the details down, just the overall shape of the film seemed to need some smoothing out and a clearer direction.

Strong points of the film were great acting, a lot of great cast members, good moments, and there was a point trying to be made. Weak points were the choppy nature, some very slow scenes, tacked on Hollywood ending, and a sense of disorganization.

With the right budget and the job of either lead actor or writer/director, Logue could probably create some magic. Commendable was his ability to get a project done with odds against him, but unfortunately the audiences only see the end project which in this case falls a little flat.

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originally posted: 02/17/05 14:48:43
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User Comments

4/21/08 Justin Much better than expected. Will hit home if you are a 30yr old guy 4 stars
1/06/08 Fred E. Interesting story and some good acting by Logue, but overall production seemed cheap 3 stars
2/14/07 Allen Smith I think it was terrific! I'd watch again. 4 stars
9/10/06 kirk fox i loved it 5 stars
8/25/05 kirsty terrible acitng by models,Logue is the only redeeming thing in this boring film 1 stars
7/19/05 Monique St. Pierre It is a wonderfully written black comedy with heart. 5 stars
2/15/05 Robert Forester Laughed my "you know what" off! 5 stars
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Directed by
  Donal Logue

Written by
  Donal Logue
  Kirk Fox

  Donal Logue
  Jason Isaacs
  Kenneth Mitchell
  Stephen Dorff
  Paul Rudd
  Danny Trejo

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