Plot via Sundance
Hot off the heels of their new engagement, thriving New York couple Emily (Phoebe Dynevor) and Luke (Alden Ehrenreich) can’t get enough of each other. When a coveted promotion at a cutthroat financial firm arises, supportive exchanges between the lovers begin to sour into something more sinister. As the power dynamics irrevocably shift in their relationship, Luke and Emily must face the true price of success and the unnerving limits of ambition.
Alden Ehrenreich (Solo) and Phoebe Dynevor (Bridgerton) play competing hedge fund junior analysts and lovers whose relationship goes south when one gets an unexpected promotion that the other wanted and was expecting.
The unexpected one is male. The expected one is female. Cue gender identity and politics erupting.
The intensity in Fair Play shows. It’s impressive enough for Netflix to pay $20 million to acquire it.
Domont, who also wrote the script, keeps everything at the frenetic sub-horror film level. It is constantly threatening to go off the rails.
Ehrenreich and Dynevor extract every bit of good and bad humanity from their roles. They never let Fair Play fall into one dimensional characterizations of victimhood and villainy. They’re Fair Play major virtue.
It gets a 3.5 out of 5 or a B+.
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