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Seeded near the bottom of the world tennis ranks, Peter Colt manages to score a wild card, allowing him to play in the prestigious Wimbledon tournament. There, he meets and falls in love with American tennis star Lizzie Bradbury. Fueled by a mixture of his newfound luck, love and on-court prowess, Peter works his way up the ranks of the tournament players and actually stands a chance of fulfilling his lifelong dream of winning the men's singles title--if his luck can just hold out.
Comedy Romantic - This is a sports-themed romantic comedy aimed at an older teen to
adult audience. Language and sexual innuendo make the film
inappropriate for children, who probably wouldn't be interested
PROFANITY: 19 S-words, 2 GD's, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Unseen, but briefly heard, sex; some brief unrelated nudity. VIOLENCE: A punch. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: Lots of tennis action. COMEDY: Wisecracks, mild innuendo, some physical gags.
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Roger EbertFull Review Good 'Wimbledon' is a well-behaved movie about nice people who have good things happen to them. That's kind of startling, in a world where movie characters, especially in sports movies, occupy the edge of human experience. What a surprise to hear conversation instead of dialogue, and to realize that the villain may actually be right some of the time.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 150 moviegoer opinions. Some very nice opinions. Certainly a movie I can highly recommend. With over three-quarters rating it "Very Good" or higher and very few lower opinions, "Wimbledon" is a movie you'll not want to miss. It's also a great date movie for the young and the not so young.
Britain's Peter Colt (PAUL BETTANY) has never quite lived up to his dreams of
tennis stardom. Once ranked as high as number 11 in the world, the journeyman veteran
has watched his number slip to 119 as his confidence on the court slowly ebbs away.
Now, on the eve of his leaving the world of professional tennis, he's granted a wild card,
allowing him to play his final Wimbledon tournament…make that his final tournament
ever. At one time having faced some of the best players in the world, Peter Colt is now
about to face voluntary retirement, a job at a club and a bevy of aging women awaiting
tennis instruction in between facials and afternoon drinks.
American Lizzie Bradbury (KIRSTEN DUNST), the rising star/bad girl of the
international tennis set, is the promising new hotshot playing at her first Wimbledon.
Focused, driven and pushed to a level of superlative playing by her equally driven,
overprotective coach and father, Dennis (SAM NEILL), Lizzie lets nothing get in her
way of the win—not a bad call, not an unexpected return and certainly not a short-lived
romance with fellow rising American champ Jake Hammond (AUSTIN NICHOLS).
Lizzie's career trajectory is set to be the best female tennis player in the world, a Grand
Slam champ. No other dream will do…and the Wimbledon trophy would be a great
place to start.
Peter's plans of quiet retirement are put on hold after he arrives at the hallowed
courts of The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club's Wimbledon Championships.
There, after a chance meeting with Lizzie that sparks into an affair, he achieves the
unthinkable and wins his first match. Fueled by a mixture of his newfound luck, love and
on-court prowess, Peter continues his winning streak, gradually working his way up the
ranks while the sport and its fans re-embrace this faded and now refurbished star.
The not-so-young Brit finds that the world indeed loves a winner—and none more
so than his usually absent agent, Ron Roth (JON FAVREAU)—and he begins to
appreciate the long-forgotten taste of victory. For herself, Lizzie soon finds that her
penchant for tournament flings may be at an end when she does the unthinkable and
begins to fall for this British used-to-be loser with the heart of a winner.
Now if Peter's (and Lizzie's) luck can just hold out…