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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 Paws

Fair Play

MRC Film, Netflix, Star Thrower Entertainment and T-Street present an R rated, 113-minute, Drama, Mystery, thriller, directed and written by Chloe Domont with a theater release date of October 6, 2023.

Relationships are tough enough but when you work at the same financial institution in a major city and the company doesn’t allow employee relationships then life gets even a bit more difficult. Emily (Phoebe Dynevor) lives with and is madly in love with Luke (Alden Ehrenreich) but they both work as analysts at the same company so while at work they totally must keep it professional. At home in their apartment life is much more normal and sexual and all the tension of work is left at the office. Even under some messy circumstances Luke proposed to Emily and she said yes. But there was one mistake she told her mother and since Emily wanted to keep it a secret for now mom did not.

Everything was going great for this attractive and adorable couple until one day Emily receives some interesting news from her boss Campbell (Eddie Marsan) that she is now promoted and, in the morning, she will get her own office. She struggled with many ways to tell Luke mainly because he thought it was himself that would get that position. So, life continued for a while the same as usual for a short time until Luke could no longer contain himself about Emily’s step up the ladder. Moving forward, life for the happy couple became more tragic and the love they shared took a turn for the worst in ways neither of them ever saw coming.

I was glued to their relationship on the screen almost like being a voyeur listening and watching everything they do. I thought the direction and writing were both superb and even more so the lead actors portrayed these characters flawlessly. You felt their happiness, their jealousy and their pain reflecting at times in your own past relationships that started off happy but ended in turmoil. A great score to accompany the moods of the actors and this story was brilliant, not even needing a huge cast or special effects. Rather just two people in love that lose their way in life. No animals are portrayed in this story thankfully, since one might have ended up on the stove like in “Fatal Attraction”.

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