|"My parents are still together, which proves that love isn't just blind, it's bloody stupid."|
|Time: 98 mins.|
SYNOPSIS: A pro tennis player has lost his ambition and has fallen in rank to 119. Fortunately for him, he meets an up-and-coming player on the women's circuit who helps him recapture his focus for a final run at the Wimbledon title.
BOTTOM LINE: While I don't think it's utterly necessary to be a tennis lover to enjoy this film it is mostly a romantic comedy after all love of the game will certainly add to the pleasure. Especially since the fact the leads are professional tennis players is one of the only unique aspects to this lightly plotted trifle. Being mainly an individual sport, the filmmakers really attempt to get inside the game physically and mentally to make it more exciting for the viewer. However, if you're not a fan of the game, I fear even their plethora of camera tricks won't get your juices flowing. Neither will the "love story," which is pretty much a by the book tale. That it comes from the male point-of-view makes a refreshing change, but unfortunately those avenues are not exactly deeply explored. He gets the girl and the trophy. What more could you want? As far as the plot goes...Guy likes girl. Guy gets girl. Confidence goes through the roof and helps him become a success. Guy loses girl because he selfishly refuses to listen to her, thus ruining her chances to win and pissing off her overbearing father. Then to prove himself, he redoubles his efforts on the court, because, as we all know, everybody loves, and apparently can't help but forgive, a winner. Bettany makes the most of his first starring role by being smart and charming, as well as cute. He has nice chemisty with Dunst, but they never make you believe that this fling would truly last, despite how the story ends. If you like the actors, you'll probably enjoy yourself enough, but this is nothing to seek out.