Directed by Richard Loncraine, starring Paul Bettany, Kirsten Dunst, Sam Neill, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, James McAvoy, Bernard Hill, Eleanor Bron and Austin Nichols.
Ranked 119th in the world, British tennis player Peter Colt (Bettany) is about to say goodbye to the competitive game and take up a lucrative but extremely undemanding post at a country club. But first there's the small matter of his last Wimbledon to take care of.
With his game crumbling and confidence not far behind, Peter finds the pre-tournament build-up is made all the easier by the arrival of American No 2 seed Lizzie Bradbury (Dunst). After a room mix-up at the hotel, it becomes obvious that their interest in each other is of more than just a professional nature. And so begins a whirlwind romance that sees Peter winning on and off the court and Lizzie discovering that some things should get in the way of making it to the top.
The latest from the producers behind 'Love Actually', 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' and the Bridget Jones movies, 'Wimbledon' is likeable but trails some way behind the class of its predecessors, with a trailer that makes it look a lot funnier than it really is.
With the whole story having to fit in during the tournament, the script feels rushed and while Bettany is the better actor, he can't do the roles that Hugh Grant has made his own. Ultimately, 'Wimbledon' suffers because neither Bettany nor Dunst has the presence to carry the whole movie.
If the wait for 'Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason' on the big screen is becoming really painful, then by all means go see 'Wimbledon'; if not, stick with the real thing.