Wimbledon: Friends with Benefits with Tennis

Wimbledon is a sweet tale about the invigorating power of love. If you love British RomComs such as Bridget Jones, Notting Hill and Love Actually, this film is for you…

What’s it about? A professional tennis player (Paul Bettany) facing retirement wins a wild card to Wimbledon and starts exceeding everyone’s expectations on the court when he falls in love with an up and coming talent (Kirsten Dunst).

What’s it really about? The invigorating power of love

Pick if:

  • You’re a fan of British RomComs: Wimbledon is from the writers of Bridget Jones, Notting Hill and Love Actually and, by consequence, has got a lot of heart and humour
  • You are looking for a fun and light-hearted romance to watch with your friends, or your partner
  • You enjoy sports movies: Wimbledon isn’t quite as sentimental or dramatic as Cool Runnings or Remember the Titans, but the central conflict still resolves in a gratifying climactic scene that will have you cheer for Peter
  • You love playing tennis, or watching the grand slam tournaments on television
  • You are looking for something uncontroversial to watch with your parents (as long as they don’t mind a little swearing, that is). While Wimbledon¬†is a love story first and foremost, it is also a wonderful tale about the love and support of family: the evolution of Peter’s relationship with his brother and parents is just as rewarding to follow as his blossoming romance with Lizzie
  • You like friends with benefits arrangements that turn into love: Lizzie and Peter start out “fooling around” casually because Lizzie finds it relaxing before a big game, but ultimately the two fall madly in love
  • You appreciate the self-deprecating, stoic nature of the Brits: while crowds of sport enthusiasts across the pond would erupt in loud cheering over any point scored, British tennis fans will continue gardening unfazed
  • You adore Kirsten Dunst as much as I do. As per usual, the early 2000s tween icon is cute as a button

Most memorable quote:

Lizzie Bradbury: Go out there and decide who you are.
Peter Colt: Who might that be?
Lizzie Bradbury: It might be a winner.

 

Most memorable scene: Lizzie and Peter properly meet during practice.

 

Magic Music Moment: On their day off, Peter and Lizzie go for a run along the pier to “Caught in a moment” by the Sugababes. Yes, that’s how old this film is.

Where can I watch? Wimbledon is avalaible for streaming on Amazon, Maxdome, Watchever

Wimbledon (2004): Directed by Richard Loncraine, running-time 1h 38mins.; starring Paul Bettany (Captain America 3, A beautiful mind), Kirsten Dunst (Elizabethtown, Marie Antoinette), James McAvoy (X-Men, Penelope), Jon Favreau, Austin Nichols (One Tree Hill), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister from Game of Thrones, The Other Woman), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park).

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