View Full Version : Are the tennis scenes in "Wimbledon" really that bad ???

Sep 18th, 2004, 06:36 PM

"Footfault!" :lol:

Sep 18th, 2004, 06:38 PM
And I was hoping this movie might get people interested in tennis again....guess I was wrong:lol:....

Sep 18th, 2004, 06:45 PM
:lol: Wow...wonder what Alves would say about this one.

Sep 18th, 2004, 06:51 PM
omg :rolls: :tape:
and to imagine they gave her "expert" coaching lessons

i bet it was the LTA :haha:

Sep 18th, 2004, 06:55 PM

That's hilarious

Sep 18th, 2004, 07:09 PM

"Footfault!" :lol:

It is said that all of the Serving was done with a real ball. But
all other shots the ball is computer generated.

Sep 18th, 2004, 07:22 PM
omfg :haha:

Sep 18th, 2004, 08:13 PM
hopefully... that's just a pic and in the movie they were only shooting her from the waist up... o please god...

Pamela Shriver
Sep 18th, 2004, 10:28 PM

"Footfault!" :lol:
if this tennis is based on my game then its the epitomy of realism.

Sep 18th, 2004, 10:32 PM

"Footfault!" :lol:


Sep 19th, 2004, 12:36 AM
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Sep 19th, 2004, 01:10 AM
Too funny lol

Sep 19th, 2004, 02:19 AM
i cant wait to watch it!!! :D

Sep 19th, 2004, 03:35 AM
Well it wasnt picture perfect but the acting was pretty good & the matches were believable Cool cameos by Chris Evert & Johnny Mac too:) a sweet romantic movie & it had a great comeback story too:) :) :) :)

Sep 19th, 2004, 03:38 AM
Maybe she already served and this is a shot of her jumping INTO the box..of course..that means she forgot to toss the ball ;)

Sep 19th, 2004, 03:39 AM
i haven't seen it, but from the previews...

i can't believe anything about this movie is good.

Sep 19th, 2004, 03:49 AM
on metacritic it has a score of 55 much higher than resident evil or most movies out...it was a very good movie I Thought & lots of people were there watching it & clapped loudly during it:)

Sep 19th, 2004, 04:04 AM
Total Reviews: 30
Universal Pictures


Comedy | Romance

PG-13 for language, sexuality and partial nudity

97 minutes | Color

Adam Brooks
Jennifer Flackett
Mark Levin

Richard Loncraine

Sep 17, 2004

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Starring Kirsten Dunst, Paul Bettany, Jon Favreau, Sam Neill, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Austin Nichols

A sweet and funny tale of romance across the net between an unlucky wild card player (Bettany) and an American star (Dunst) at Wimbledon. (Universal)


Salon.com / Charles Taylor:
Slick, satisfying entertainment, as is the chemistry of Dunst and Bettany.


Wall Street Journal / Joe Morgenstern:
A sports movie with a quick wit, uncommon grace and a romantic soul.


Austin Chronicle / Kimberley Jones:
Terribly tender, good-hearted picture.


Chicago Sun-Times / Roger Ebert:
This is not a great movie, and you will be able to live quite happily without seeing it, but what it does, it does with a certain welcome warmth.


Entertainment Weekly / Owen Gleiberman:
Nothing more than amiable fluff, yet Bettany infuses it with a brazen dash of reality. You believe in him, even when you don't quite believe in the movie.


ReelViews / James Berardinelli:
A crowd-pleaser.


Slate / David Edelstein:
A bit of a philosophical muddle, but the climactic tennis scenes are galvanically convincing, with some long, nerve-racking volleys. And the rest of the picture works as "Notting Hill" (1999) with balls--and rackets.


The Globe and Mail (Toronto) / Liam Lacey:
While Bettany and Dunst are both appealing, their chemistry lacks much fizz. As it is, the pair seem less like lovers than bouncy transatlantic cousins.


Miami Herald / Connie Ogle:
Wimbledon may have its faults, but it's the sort of upbeat fantasy that's tough to resist. Maybe love wins in tennis after all.


New York Daily News / Jami Bernard:
As a love story, Wimbledon is a washout. As a meditation on sports psychology, it might help improve your game.


Philadelphia Inquirer / Carrie Rickey:
A slick comedy that's more fun than it has any right to be.


USA Today / Claudia Puig:
Bettany is the best thing about the movie. A wonderful dramatic actor, he also proves to be richly skilled at romantic comedy, playing Peter with an easy grace and a droll sense of humor.


Chicago Reader / Hank Sartin:
Never quite settles on a tone, veering from wacky comedy to earnest sports drama to romantic farce. The results are predictably muddled, if mostly harmless.


The Hollywood Reporter / Sheri Linden:
Boasts appealing leads and dazzling court play, but the film never rises above its by-the-numbers plot to generate emotional heat.


Los Angeles Times / Carina Chocano:
The Bjorn Borg of romantic comedies: precise, good-looking, dependable and serviceable, if predictable. It never really heats up, which is too bad.


The New York Times / Stephen Holden:
Although Wimbledon is a much more conventional film, it still has cleverer-than-average dialogue and sharply drawn subsidiary characters.


TV Guide / Angel Cohn:
Bettany, previously best known as a supporting player, shoulders the burden of a Hugh Grant-style romantic lead surprisingly well, revealing an offbeat charm.


Seattle Post-Intelligencer / William Arnold:
Surprisingly, the weak link is Dunst, who's previously been the delight of all her movies.


Baltimore Sun / Chris Kaltenbach:
The cinematic equivalent of a careless foot fault.


Boston Globe / Wesley Morris:
Wimbledon is refried "Notting Hill" with a Teen People glaze. The latter movie also gave us an American star cheering up some tired British guy. Wimbledon is blander and far less worth rooting for.


Chicago Tribune / Michael Wilmington:
It's a harmless enough movie, and quite a good-looking one; Bettany and Dunst are an attractive enough couple, even if Lizzie has been written as a selfish little snip and he as a whining man-child.


LA Weekly / Chuck Wilson:
Director Richard Loncraine (Richard III) moves things right along, but during the final tennis match, his pacing is undone by sports-movie convention, particularly the witless color commentary offered by tennis legends John McEnroe and Chris Evert.


New York Post / Lou Lumenick:
An ultra-predictable if essentially painless romantic comedy.


Portland Oregonian / Karen Karbo:
The only genuine laughs come from Peter's self-sabotaging inner monologue.


Rolling Stone / Peter Travers:
There's no script to speak of, just two appealing actors volleying comic-romantic cliches at each other.


San Francisco Chronicle / Carla Meyer:
There's no hiding a hokey love story that undercuts the picture's compelling tennis scenes.


Variety / Justin Chang:
A fanciful tennis-themed romance that compounds the old dilemma of "Will he get the girl?" with "Will he get the trophy?" But the answers are too predictable and laughs too scattered for this middling Universal release to generate much in the way of humor or suspense.


Village Voice / Jessica Winter:
The appealing leads have strong chemistry, but it's the wrong kind: an affectionate big-brother/little-sister rapport that leaves a discomfiting taint on their more amorous clinches.


Washington Post / Michael O'Sullivan:
As messages go, I've certainly heard worse. As movies go, Wimbledon is a generally painless float down a lazy river.


Washington Post / Ann Hornaday:
The best thing about all of this is Bettany.

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Sep 19th, 2004, 04:24 AM
She was interviewing on Ellen DeGeneres Show, she said she went through about 7-9 coaches until she finally found one, but I don't really remember the name. :smash: Anyone seen that show?

Sep 19th, 2004, 04:52 AM
It said in TENNIS magazine that Pat Cash was the one giving the tennis lessons. I guess that doesn't say much for him. Anyways, I really want to see this movie.

Sep 19th, 2004, 06:17 AM
Yea you're right, it was Pat Cash! Thanks