Friday, June 22, 2012

Wimbledon [PG-13] (2004) ****

Thirtyish British tennis pro Peter Colt (Paul Bettany) gets a wild-card invitation to Wimbledon, and one last chance to realize his dream. He meets young, fun-loving, Yankee tennis star Lizzie Bradbury (Kirsten Dunst), who is making her first appearance at Wimbledon, and they fall in lust, and then in love.

This is an archetypal love story... the aging athlete whose career is ending, who gets one more shot at glory, and gains the love and respect of his life partner at the same time. The story has been filmed several times on the baseball diamond, in Bull DurhamFor Love of the Game, Mr. Baseball, The Natural and The Rookie. It's also been filmed on the ice rink, in The Cutting Edge, and on the golf course, in Tin Cup. So if you liked those films Wimbledon will appeal to you. Paul Bettany and Kirsten Dunst have great romantic chemistry and there is an excellent supporting cast, led by Sam Neill as Dennis Bradbury, Lizzie's protective father, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Dieter Prohl, Peter's tennis practice partner from Germany, Jon Favreau as Peter's agent Ron Roth, and Austin Nichols as American tennis ace Jake Hammond. 

Labels: comedy, romance, sport     
Internet Movie Database     
Metacritic 59/100     
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=59, viewers=60)

One YouTube video with all of the music

Performed by RJD2
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What to Do  
Performed by OK Go
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Stay Don't Go  
Performed by Spoon
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This Year's Love  
Written and Performed by David Gray
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Caught in a Moment   
(Buchanan / Buena / De Vries / Poole / Range / Rockstar)
Performed by Sugababes
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(Buchanan / Buena / De Vries / Howard / Range / Rockstar)
Performed by Sugababes
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Written and Performed by Craig Armstrong
Originally from Plunkett & Macleane (1999)
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(Avril Lavigne (as Lavigne) / Clif Magness (as Magness))
Performed by Avril Lavigne
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But I Feel Good  
(Cocup / Daniels / Findlay)
Performed by Groove Armada
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