December 28, 2005, - 4:33 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Do movie critics and the entertainment press have horrible memories? Apparently so. They’re all raving about Woody Allen’s “new” flick, “Match Point” (out in limited release today, with roll-outs nationwide through January).
It’s entertaining enough. But I liked it better the first time . . . .
Allen’s “Match Point” is really a remake of 1989’s “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” also by Allen. A man cheating on his wife murders his mistress because she threatens to tell if he doesn’t leave his wife and marry her (and he gets away with it, going on with his life). Same plot, different decade, different continent and different actors. Where “C&D” took place on Long Island and the main character was a Jewish ophthalmologist, “MP” takes place in London with an Irish former pro tennis player. Big Diff(erence).
The undue awe and hype over this tired remake demonstrated by those covering Allen and his movies is illustrative, as is the lack of new ideas and resorting to remakes. As we’ve said before on this site, a lack of new ideas symbolizes the death of capitalism and the decline of our society.
And, besides, we don’t like Woody Allen and his liberal Democratic “family values,” anyway. The French can have him . . . and Jerry Lewis, too.
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