Film / Wimbledon

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Wimbledon is a 2004 romantic comedy film directed by Richard Loncraine. The film centers on a washed-up tennis pro named Peter Colt (played by Paul Bettany) and an up-and-coming tennis star named Lizzie Bradbury (played by Kirsten Dunst) during the Wimbledon Championships.

The film is dedicated to the lawyer and sports agent Mark McCormack, who died on 16 May 2003 after suffering cardiac arrest four months earlier.

Some tropes in this movie are:

  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: Peter and Lizzie break up after their respective semis because she was furious that he cost her her match while he easily won his. They make up during the final, where she returns to give him crucial advice for beating Hammond.
  • Career Versus Man: Lizzie finds herself in this dichotomy, specially when she loses her match after having spent the whole night with Peter... and he wins his own. She breaks up with him, but later they make amends and by the end of the movie, we see that they've managed a sort-of balance: they get married, Peter retires, and soon Lizzie goes on winning the US Open and Wimbledon twice, with Peter as her biggest support.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Sort-of. At the start, one of Peter's reasons to be on a tennis slump is that he's kind of a Sheltered Aristocrat who hasn't really fought for anything in his life.
  • Dirty Old Man: Gender-flipped; one of the women at the tennis club isn't shy with her statements about (comparably) younger men, to her friends' consternation.
  • Eagle Land: Jake Hammond is of the arrogant Jerk Ass type.
  • Generation Xerox: Peter and Lizzie's kids seem to be as adept at tennis as their parents are.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Peter and Dieter, practice partners and third-round opponents.
  • Kick the Dog: Perhaps unintentional, but Hammond serves a ball right into a ball boy's face at the beginning the final between him and Peter. Peter decides then that It's Personal.
  • Last-Second Chance: For Peter, he either wins Wimbledon this time or his career is over.
  • Love Hurts: And it certainly influences Peter and Lizzie's relationship.
  • Overprotective Dad: Dennis, crossing into a mix of Shipping Torpedo and Stage Dad. He's not *totally* wrong, however.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Lizzie, indeed. It is stated by commentators that she has a reputation for arguing with chair umpires and the viewer is given an example of such during one of her matches.
  • The Power of Love: By the end of the movie, when Lizzie shows up at the finals after her definitive Love Epiphany, Peter is losing badly. But thanks to her presence, he get pumped up enough for an Heroic Second Wind and win.
  • Wimbledon: ... Duh.
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