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Wimbledon (2004)

Details Release Date: Sep 24, 2004; Rated: PG-13; Length: 100 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Romance, Sports; With: Paul Bettany and Kirsten Dunst; Distributor: Universal

Paul Bettany is the beaten-down journeyman. Kirsten Dunst is the fiery American upstart. They meet at the world's most famous tennis tournament. They fight. They hit some fuzzy green balls. Love blossoms. Sounds like a perfect romantic comedy, right? Except director Richard Loncraine (Richard III) had one little problem: They were both pathetic tennis players. For that, 1987 Wimbledon winner Pat Cash came aboard as an adviser, only to be faced with one star who chain-smokes (Bettany) and another who had something of a temper.

''My first day, I had to be hitting the ball, yelling at the umpire, and serving. And I couldn't do it,'' says Dunst. ''First the ball boy was making fun of me. And then the extras started laughing! When I finally managed it they clapped sarcastically. It totally sucked!'' Forget Pat Cash. It sounds like Loncraine would have been better off with McEnroe.

Originally posted Jan 23, 2004 Published in issue #747-748 Jan 23, 2004 Order article reprints

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