It should come as no surprise that inspirational movies are getting better all the time; that big name actors are signing on to star in them; that they are inspiring generations to come; and that they are making money, lots of money because people want to see them, take their family to see them, and then buy the DVD to see them again at home.
It should come as no surprise that inspirational words spoken in the movie stuck in my mind because I want to quote them sometime soon.
Movies based on sports are good sellers because we are a sports oriented country even if more and more children show up in school with letters from their mothers and unsuspecting doctors to excuse them from physical education and sports that buy them time for activities that have nothing to do with their education or their health.
No more are the schmaltzy lines or the corny cliches expected from depictions of rural America where so many educated and sophisticated people move so their families can have a healthier environment to grow.
When a dedicated golf pro has a meltdown on the green at his first tournament, by chance he takes refuge in a small town where everyone knows everybody else and they act like a huge family. With the help of a retiree, he rediscovers his game; finds his soul and his truth, and return to win with a standup performance. Certain moments in the picture are simply hilarious and utterly funny, if predictable.
The movie leaves us wondering how it ends in a good way. We leave the theatre happy and with nods of assertion, knowing that we will help the legend spread.
Based on a script by writers David Cook (screenplay), Rob Levine (screenplay), director Matt Russell artfully moves his players and patiently (without dwelling unnecessarily or making anything redundant) lays out a story that is tender and moving, truly inspirational. Filmed in an idyllic spot in Fredericksburg, Texas, USA, rarely have we enjoyed a more pleasant film setting.
In this endeavor he enlists a cast of seasoned professionals with a pedigree the size of Kentucky that each and all look the part of a movie star: Robert Duvall (Oscar winner, with another 46 awards and 35 nominations: The Godfather trilogy, Apocalypse Now, Deep Impact), Lucas Black (Get Low, Friday Night Lights, All the Pretty Horses, The War), Brian Geraghty (Damages, Krews, Jarhead, The Hurt Locker), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood, and the coon to be released The Carrier, Highland Park), Melissa Leo (Oscar Winner for The Fighter, Treme, Red State, Frozen River, 21 Grams), Kathy Baker (Edward Scissorhands, Saving Grace, Assassination Tango, Cider House Rules), and Joseph Lyle Taylor (Justified, Omnium Gatherum, He Got Game, The Breakup Artist, The Contender).
Do we recommend this one? Wholeheartedly! Without reservations! This one is clean cut, passionate, exciting, and funny. Hope to see you buying a ticket this weekend.
For The Examiner, this is Lily.