So I kept seeing the promos for it and I figured I’d give it a shot. HBO produced a fictional documentary focusing on the two best tennis players of the generation, played by Kit Harington and Andy Samberg, battling their personal differences as well as their tennis ones, in the longest tennis match in the history of the game. The film had cameo appearances from big wigs like Serena Williams, John McEnroe, Lena Dunham, David Copperfield and more. It was especially appealing because I enjoy when an actor who is generally type-casted as a drama-style actor (Kit Harington) takes up comedy. His performance was fine, but the character that was written for him just didn’t do it for me. I got what they were trying to do, but it just wasn’t enough.
Andy Samberg’s character was entertaining in bits, but overall I wasn’t his biggest fan. I think they tried a bit too hard with his character and felt they needed to push the envelope to a whole new level. SPOILER, there is a scene where he has sex on the court, with a woman at first, then a man, and then both of them. I get the humor in it, it is definitely a modern day humor, so those with that old school mentality will most certainly hate it.
I’d have to give this short film a 4.0 rating out of 10. The story line had potential, yet the characters were not written well. It could have been something hysterical, but instead it was less than mediocre. I love HBO and will continue to watch what they produce, but this one just wasn’t for me. I wouldn’t recommend it but if you have the desire, or have seen it, please give me your thoughts.