Wimbledon (2004)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5

United Kingdom/France, 2004.  Universal Pictures, StudioCanal, Working Title Films, Inside Track Films, Firstep Productions.  Screenplay by , , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Unremarkable but enjoyable romantic comedy starring a winsome  as an aging (by sports-world standards) tennis pro who is playing the Wimbledon tournament for the last time. After meeting an up-and-coming American player with a serious attitude problem () and falling in love with her, Bettany’s game suddenly improves and he finds himself vying for the big prize. Now a national hero who has inspired his parents to fix their own marriage, Bettany has to face further obstacles when Dunst is in a clinch to choose between him and her career. Sunny cinematography and cute situations make it pleasant, but the serious lack of chemistry between Bettany and Dunst, who gives a completely unmotivated performance, keep it from really ringing out loud.

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