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The Greatest Game Ever Played
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Starring: Shia LaBeouf
MPAA Rated: PG
Released By: Disney Pictures
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Directed By: Bill Paxton
Produced By: David Blocker, Larry Brezner, Mark Frost, David A. Steinberg

The Greatest Game Ever Played
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MPAA Rated - PG

It's 2:00 Long
Release Date: 09/30/05

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The Dude on the Right
I have to admit that the trailer for “The Greatest Game Ever Played” looks like an entertaining film about overcoming challenges as you enter a sport not meant for you, but unlike “The Rookie,” or even “Seabiscuit,” I’m wondering how many little tykes can really relate to a golf match that took place back in 1913. Granted, Dad, who might be an avid golfer and incensed in the history of the game will understand the significance, and maybe this could be the catalyst for the next Tiger Woods, but I’m thinking baseball and horseracing are an easier sell than golfing at a time when you had to wear nice clothes.

In simplest terms, Francis Ouimet (Shia LeBeouf) likes the game of golf, likes to caddie, but because he’s from a lesser class than those of the elite golf world, he is shut out from playing most of the time. As the U.S. Open is coming to town, one local club member says Francis should be in the tournament. To top it off, Francis’ hero, Harry Vardon, is coming to play as well. Looked down upon by a few, but the hopes of many see Francis as inspiration, and even though we know the ending, it’s one of those inspirational movies that is supposed to bring out the best in all of us.

The comical element looked to be satisfied in this film in the likes of Francis’ ten-year old caddy, especially as he mouths off to some of the spectators and gleefully says “Hello” to the President.

Look, I’m most likely going to see this movie, it does look like a good time, but then again, I’m one who can spend an entire Sunday afternoon in front of the TV watching golf. If the movie is as good as it looks, hopefully word-of-mouth will get the rest of everyone into the theater, and it is the only family film opening that weekend, so I guess we’ll have to see how it goes.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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