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The Legend of Bagger Vance
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Starring: Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, Jack Lemmon
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Dreamworks Pictures / 20th Century Fox
Kiddie Movie: They'd be bored.
Date Movie: It's a nice drama and she'll probably find Matt Damon "dreamy."
Gratuitous Sex: Some underwear.
Gratuitous Violence: Nah.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Chuckles.
Memorable Scene: Nothing spectacular.
Memorable Quote: Nah.
Directed By: Robert Redford
Produced By: Robert Redford, Michael Nozik, Jake Eberts

The Legend of Bagger Vance
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 2:07 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Some movies touch your heart. Some movies stir angry emotions. Some movies make you laugh your ass off. Some movies are are great.  And some movies are just good. "The Legend of Bagger Vance" is just good.

The story tells the story of Rannulph Junnuh (Matt Damon). Heís a golfer, and a damn good one, until he goes off to serve in WWI. He comes back a mess, itís time for the Great Depression, and his old girl, Adele (Charlize Theren) is about to lose her dadís legacy, a beautiful golf resort, because everyoneís poor. She sees her only chance at saving the golf resort is if she can get some good press to attract the few rich folks that are left to her place. So she stages a golf match between the two best golfers and invites the press. But some of the town-folk are against it, especially since they want to buy her out, and insist on a local boy to go against the greats. Young Hardy (J. Michael Moncrief) knows where Junnuh is and Junnuh decides to play. The problem is that Junnuh lost his swing.

Enter Bagger Vance (Will Smith).

Bagger comes out of the dark and into Junnuhís life to help him find his swing, or maybe more importantly for Junnah, to help him find his life again. With some of the most bizarre training and caddying, Bagger helps Junnah overcome his demons and yes, his life become all better.

The movie isnít fabulous, but itís a nice story with some great acting and some, as youíd expect, great cinematography, especially with Robert Redford at the helm. But this movie isnít for all. Itís a drama, most definitely, and if you are looking for great golf action, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, well, this isnít the movie for you. It does have cute moments, especially in the words of wisdom from Bagger, and even the golf match has its cute moments. Iím not sure what it would have taken for "The Legend of Bagger Vance" to get to the level of great movie, but it just didnít get there. Not that thatís a bad thing, and it is worth the price of admission, but I donít think you will come out emotionally changed or crying your eyes out. Youíll just leave the theater thinking "The Legend of Bagger Vance" was a good movie. Matt Damon puts on the usual good show, and from me, not being a big Will Smith fan, I think this is one of his best performances, maybe mostly because he never tries to go over the top, he just plays the calm, cool, and collected stranger almost perfectly.

In the end itís 4 Ĺ stars out of 5. As a drama itís a great film, as a movie itís just good.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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