In Match, Tobi (Patrick Stewart), a dance professor at Julliard, agrees to do an interview with a married couple (Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard) about 1960s dance culture. After a few questions and answers, it becomes apparent that the two are up to something beyond a simple Q&A.
It only takes a few minutes to figure out where the film is going; writer-director Stephen Belber’s play-turned-movie offers few surprises. The film suffers from that staginess that often plagues plays being adapted for the big screen, and at first, Stewart seems like he is acting for an audience rather than a camera; he overdoes it at times.
Despite these flaws, the movie progresses into something that is mildly entertaining. Stewart’s character calms down a bit as the film plays out, and Lillard provides some truly moving work in the film’s final act. Gugino is decent in what is essentially a three-person film.
This isn’t a complete failure, but it doesn’t work very well as a movie. Match may have been better had they just staged a play, gotten an audience and filmed the proceedings with a few cameras.
Match is available on demand and via online sources including iTunes and Amazon.com; it is also now playing at the Camelot Theatres (2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs; 760-325-6565).