‘Wimbledon’ doesn’t make a match
The only fascinating thing about “Wimbledon” is that in tennis, love equals zero, and when “Wimbledon” tries to serve a movie about love, it, too, scores no points.Athletic-minded movies such as “Rocky,” “Happy Gilmore” and “Field of Dreams” give me an appreciation for sports that don’t otherwise interest me. Romantic comedies like “Love Actually,” “Lost in Translation” and “When Harry Met Sally” add depth and quirkiness to the genre.
“Wimbledon” volleys back and forth, but it doesn’t score in either category.Chemistry between actors is key in romantic comedies. Though Paul Bettany delivers a winning performance as aging tennis player Peter Colt, who falls for an up-and-coming tennis sensation (Kirsten Dunst), Dunst doesn’t live up to the adorable love interest she portrayed in “Spider-Man.”Nothing about the two primary characters’ personalities stands out; we’ve seen aging sports heroes and seductive, distracting women. The movie tries to deepen by delving into Colt’s psyche as he competes, but the “Oh no, can I do it” monologue acts more as an eye-roller than an enhancement.
The biggest twist in the boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl – and heaven forbid I ruin the end for you, so I won’t finish the cliché – plot involves a television gimmick in the airport rather than the usual get-to-the-gate-in-the-nick-of-time trick.Supporting characters come with quirks, but they seem contrived: a father who lives in a treehouse, a mother who gardens instead of watching her son’s match, a brother who watches the competition on the couch with his girlfriend and another couple – all dressed in only underwear.
Compared to other good movies about athletics, love or both, “Wimbledon” fails to make it out of the first round.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at email@example.com.
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