Peter Colt, an English tennis player in his thirties whose ranking slipped from 11th to 119th in the world, considers he never really had to fight for anything as his wealthy but all but close family easily put him through studies and allowed him to pursue his tennis ambitions, bravely exchanges jokes with his German sparring partner Dieter Prohl, in a similar position, but feels it's about time to admit he's getting too old to compete with fitter coming men (or boys) and intends, after a last Wimbledon, to take a job with the prestigious tennis club instead. Just then, by accident, he bumps into Lizzie Bradbury, the American rising star of female tennis, falls in love with her and finds her interest in him changes his entire perception, even gives him the strength to win again. But where will it lead them, especially when her overprotective father-manager Dennis Bradbury proves determined to nip their relationship in the bud, believing it detrimental to her career? Written by
When Peter Colt and Lizzie start to kiss in the car after leaving the Slazenger party, the bus in the background is a long way behind, just seen above the rear of the car. When Peter's car swerves into the other lane and back the bus is suddenly a few metres behind and travelling at the same speed. See more »
We all start off in life with a dream, don't we? For a tennis player, it's being in the final of a Grand Slam, Centre Court, a high lob... a smash. Game, set and match. You're a champion. You're number one. But for most tennis players, that's all it ever is: a dream. The reality is another story. My story. Now, you see that good-looking fella? No, no that kid in white, the other tired good-looking fella. Yeah, him. Well, that's me. British Davis Cup, long time ago. Two ...
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Peter Colt (Paul Bettany) is a 33 year old sometimes talented tennis player now on the lower rungs of the ratings. He'll retire after Wimbledon to country club courts and bored haus fraus of genteel England. Lizzy Bradbury(Kirsten Dunst) is a spoiled, loose American daddy's girl on her way up the Wimbledon ladder. They meet, trade rackets, and dodge daddy (Sam Neill) all during the two weeks of the tournament. Through their sexual escapades caught in the tabloid press, Peter finds himself in a new love relationship that gives his game a much needed boost. For Lizzy however, she is out of the competition and blames Peter for her bad showing. Do Lizzie and Peter find foreplay? Will Peter overcome his aching back and win Wimbledon before he's 34. Will Lizzie learn that swinging a racket means on court and not in bed?
These are the earth shattering questions answered in the maudlin and inane film, Wimbledon. While Bettany give another excellent and solid performance as the charming Peter Colt, audiences have to tolerate Dunst, whose whiny voice and uncoordinated serve is so laughable that tennis buffs will be forced to yell at linesmen on screen and threaten the umpire to call this film out of the bounds and forfeit the audience's money. Awful.
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