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Wimbledon Review

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by Phil Hinton Jan 1, 2005

    Wimbledon Review
    Peter Colt (Paul Bettany) is an aging British tennis player who has fallen to the lowly level of 119th in the world. As he looks to make a living out of the professional game he is handed a wild card entry to the Wimbledon tournament and decides that because he won't get past round one he will retire after getting knocked out of the competition. When he mistakenly walks into the hotel room of American women's hot shot Lizzie Bradbury (Kirsten Dunst) who happens to be in the shower, the two begin an unlikely friendship. This relationship seems to be having an effect on Peter as he not only gets past round one, but could go all the way in the singles competition. Standing in his way are the best crop of players in the world, as well as Lizzie's overbearing father (Sam Neil) who wants the relationship stopped.

    Wimbledon, a romantic comedy based around tennis and the famous tournament seems like a strange idea and may put you off watching this film. However I say give it a go, the performances from the leads are great with good chemistry and the script is full of laughs and feeling. Yes we have seen it all before, but the realistic tennis scenes along with Bettany's narration and tennis radio (voices in his head) raise the film above the usual paint by numbers plot lines. Yes he will win the day and the girl, that's a given, but the journey is actually good fun.