Can be fun but not much more than a silly movie with an absurd premise.
I am a golfer, a love the game, I am a sucker for anything "golf." If a movie has golf clubs and golf courses, even with very bad golfers I can enjoy it. I enjoyed the 90 minutes watching this movie. It is innocuous but honestly not very good at all.
It was written by, and stars, Boyd Kestner as 45-yr-old Hutch McGee. He co-owns a somewhat ratty golf course in California, he gives lessons to those who should not ever be on a golf course and drinks his days away to keep from going crazy.
How did he get himself into this? He was once a young hot-shot on the pro tour but he found himself in a downward spiral, hitting bad shots at the wrong time, getting further and further away from the world-beater he started out as. Reminiscent of Tin Cup, but also quite different. So he resorted to scamming golf matches, pretending to be a duffer, then winning big bets after he suckered them in. And that is how he ended up with a golf course, winning it from some real estate investors.
His partner is old reliable, Rob Morrow, a New Yorker in real life looking way out of place in jeans and cowboy boots as Big Earl Boyd.
Anyway with that as a backstory the movie starts when Hutch gets into a brawl and bashes in the window of the wrong car. He ends up in court and has to pay a $5000 fine plus put in 1000 hours community service. The latter part of that ends up being coach to a rag-tag group, 4 boys and a girl. So really only 200 hours with all five would meet his obligation.
Hutch starts out badly, he doesn't really have any interest in coaching the kids and at first just has them wash the carts and wade for lost balls. But threatened with going back to court he finally gets on board.
So the movie is about Hutch redeeming himself and at the same time helping the kids achieve a better direction in their lives. The outcome of the final team competition is very predictable, I don't even have to state how it turns out.
With the overall premise this could have been a much better movie but the script and acting are just mediocre. The players and coaches behave on the course as no one would in reality.But it was a fun diversion for me.
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