Richard Loncraine (2004)

12A Certificate


Our Score
This romantic comedy from the Working Title production line follows the same likeable lines as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones's Diary. Paul Bettany takes on the role of fading British tennis player Peter Colt, who's facing his last Wimbledon but gets fuel-injected when he falls for US tennis prodigy Lizzie Bradbury (Kirsten Dunst). Richard Loncraine's movie is great on the loser mentality of British sport, and the actual matches are thrillingly souped up by some decent CGI effects (as well as the pithy punditry of John McEnroe and Chris Evert). However, away from tennis, Wimbledon doesn't really nail either the comedic or romantic spots. It's amusing rather than hilarious, sweet as opposed to heartfelt - perhaps the smarts and sparkle of a Richard Curtis screenplay would have helped here. Still, Bettany and Dunst do the diffident Brit-meets-brash-Yank relationship well and both have an appealing charm.



Cast & Crew

Lizzie Bradbury Kirsten Dunst
Peter Colt Paul Bettany
Dennis Bradbury Sam Neill
Ron Roth Jon Favreau
Edward Colt Bernard Hill
Augusta Colt Eleanor Bron
Dieter Prohl Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Jake Hammond Austin Nichols
Ian Frazier Robert Lindsay
Carl Colt James McAvoy
John McEnroe John McEnroe
Chris Evert Chris Evert
Director Richard Loncraine
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Edited for language, sexual scenes, nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Sep 2004