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I feel privileged to have witnessed something this bad. It's like a milestone in my life. Having said that, I admit to only watching half of it. I just couldn't take the torture any longer, despite the spectacular scenery of the Texas Hill Country.
This was Karate Kid on Valium. Robert Duvall rehashes his old guy Texas burnout with wisdom character from Tender Mercies and mixes it with a little Great Santini. Instead of teaching a kid karate through sweeping and polishing, he teaches an overgrown man-child to play Golf through fishing and painting.
If Golf in the Texas countryside isn't obscure enough for you, a failed golfer leaves the PGA Tour and smashes into the ranch fence of a former PGA golfer in the middle of nowhere. What are the odds? Apparently it was a Christian movie. I didn't get that far.
This lead "actor," from the Tokyo Fast and Furious film has the personality of a piece of driftwood. Top that off with the deepest Alabama accent you've ever heard or hope to hear. There just happens to be a nice single girl in town who thinks he's attractive. Even though there are only 375 people in the town. Must be his dazzling personality and the fact that he embarrassed himself on national T.V. getting blown off the golf course and exhibiting poor sportsmanship. Hmm. Yummy.
The small town transforming a city guy theme is stolen from Doc Hollywood. (Michael J. Fox)The rest as I mentioned is from Karate Kid, only Mr. Miyagi is now a clichéd version of Robert Duvall.
By the way, the kid is asked to paint a picture of the golf course and he does it like a pro. Does he have an artistic background? Did he take Fine Arts at Golf College? Oh jeez.
What a disaster. Having said that, the scenery again is amazing and the basic idea of a man with a broken spirit chilling out in a small town is always appealing. So cull what you can from this train wreck. I'm sure it has its' redeeming qualities.
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