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Notes on "Wimbeldon"
I just got back from the final showing of the Working Title film "Wimbeldon" at Austin's Gateway Theater. I thought I was going to be the only audience member for a while, but a group of three entered during the previews, taking residence in the back of the screening room.

The movie is a sports film about an aging tennis pro mixed with a meet-cute romantic comedy mixed with a few buckets of British charm and quirkiness. I've never really cared for tennis, but the filmmakers did a good job of collapsing long matches into a nice montage of quick shots and special effects, and while the chemistry between the two leads, played by Paul Bettany and Kirsten Dunst, felt good, if a bit rushed at first. There's conflict throughout the film, but nothing that ever feels menacing or urgent. There's not much else to say about the film; it was pleasant and entertaining and often funny. However, the film won't change the way you think about things; it will just make you feel a little better for a while.