Even though it means dancing around the fundamental premise of the film, I wanted to avoid spoilers for Match since much of the tension of the first third comes from not knowing exactly why Mike and Lisa are talking to Tobi in the first place. But if you’re here, you’ve either seen the film or don’t care. They’re trying to uncover whether Tobi is Mike’s father, Mike’s mother having been a dancer with Tobi in the late ’60s. Tobi is both gay and out, but he holds out the possibility Mike might have been the product of a time when he slept with both men and women. This is part of a theme I wish the film had developed a bit more: the notion that Tobi spent his youth in a time with a lot more freedoms and possibilities than the era in which the next generation came of age. Oh well: It does feature a giant jar of fingernail clippings and a long, uncomfortable conversation about cunnilingus. No film can have everything.
The Reveal furthers the discussion of the film while providing a space for readers who have seen it to discuss plot-sensitive details. In other words: Spoilers ahead. Avoiding spoilers? Return to the review.