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    Unique ID Code: 0000067929
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 10/1/2005 12:32
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    Wimbledon (UK)

    8 / 10
    2 votes cast
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    She`s the golden girl. He`s the longshot. It`s a match made in...
    Certificate: 12
    Running Time: 108 mins
    Retail Price: £19.99
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    A pro tennis player has lost his ambition and has fallen in rank to 119. Fortunately for him, he meets a young female player on the women`s circuit who helps him recapture his focus for Wimbledon at the cost of losing hers...

    Special Features:
    Audio commentary from director Richard Loncraine and star Paul Bettany
    `Welcome To The Club` featurette
    `Ball Control` featurette
    `Coach A Rising Star` featurete
    `Wimbledon: A Look Inside` featurette

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English

    Subtitle Tracks:

    Directed By:
    Richard Loncraine

    Written By:

    Celia Imrie
    Robert Lindsay
    Kyle Hyde
    Paul Bettany
    Kirsten Dunst

    Your Opinions and Comments

    8 / 10
    I don`t seem to have got around to viewing more than parts of DVD`s recently. Typically series, so it was nice to watch a film for once.

    So here we are, another working title film.They`ve done a number of successful rom-coms, mostly involving Mr Grant and Mr Curtis.
    This one has neither in it though. Will it be better, or worse?
    The Plot
    A tennis professional (Peter) coming to the end of his peak years, and he gets a wildcard entry into Wimbledon.
    He`s hoping to get through the first round before being assigned to the list of players who tried.

    Then he meets a brash american female tennis star (Lizzie) and she reinspires him, in that way women can!
    However her own game and chance of the championships starts to decay as his starts to improve.

    The Cast
    Paul Bettany - playing Peter, suits the role. There is something definitely British in his actions, which has as many similarities as it has differences to the way Hugh Grant plaays such characters.
    Kirsten Dunst - playing Lizzie fits in well.

    The Visuals/Audio
    The visuals were fine - nothing I noted particularly.
    The audio made good use of the surround, people cheering on the play from behind you etc.

    The Extras
    [*] Audio commentary from director and Paul Bettany - I thought I ought to listen to a quick few minutes of this to see how it was. I ended up listening to the whole lot, as its quite entertaining.
    [*] Welcome To The Club - About filiming in Wimbledon
    [*] Ball Control - how they cheated with the graphics.
    [*] Coach A Rising Star - how they tried to get the actors to look like players. (Playing tennis 5 days a week for 6 months).
    [*] Wimbledon: A Look Inside - another feature.
    [*] Trailers - I was thinking these were trailers for the film, but they turned out to be trailers for other films.

    An enjoyable rom-com. For me it wasn`t as good as some of their other productions.
    I thought the comedy somewhat muted, there were few laugh out loud moments, but having said that you still wanted to know how it would turn out, even though you could probably guess.
    Its probably that the plot was fairly predictable, and didn`t really break any new ground, except for the tennis.
    I think I`ll probably watch it again sometime. I`ve seen a lot worse, and its a good way to spend an evening.
    posted by Julian Onions on 23/4/2005 19:31