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The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000 – PG-13)

April 29, 2009

Originally posted on January 4, 2004

Story

In The Legend of Bagger Vance, a young woman inherits a failing golf course during the Depression, and in an effort to raise enough money to keep it, she decides to hold a playoff between the two best golfers in the United States.  The powers that be in the town of Savannah, GA, also think that a local player should play to represent the area.  A former boyfriend of the woman, and a local golfing legend is chosen to play, but in order for him to compete he must first regain his swing.

Story = 18

Cast

Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, Bruce McGill, Joel Gretsch, J. Michael Moncrief, and Jack Lemmon.  The supporting cast is quite good.  I really think the young boy, Moncrief, did an admirable job.  I am not a huge fan of Theron or of Smith, and their respective performances in this movie did nothing to improve upon that situation.  Matt Damon, however, continues to put forth good performances.

Cast = 18

Soundtrack/Score

An adequate soundtrack at best.  It uses a little bit of Duke Ellington, and similar styles to try and capture the feel of the late twenties and early thirties, but really the soundtrack lacks much involvement in the film.

Soundtrack/Score = 08

Quote/Catch Phrase

Ahh crap, I forgot the line I was going to use.  Something like, “Everyone has a natural swing within,” or something like that.  I like the tagline of the movie better though, “Some Things Can’t Be Learned.  They Must Be Remembered.”  I find that to be an interesting idea, and so I will substitute it in place of an actual line.

Quote/Catch Phrase = 18

Rewatchability

My main complaint of this movie is that Will Smith was just kind of there, and didn’t really do much.  Admittedly, I think most of that was by nature of the script and possibly directorial discretion, but he came off as annoying to me more than anything.  Matt Damon’s performance was much better, and Theron was ok I guess, but nothing inspiring.  So, if you like Damon, or you like to look at Theron, or if you like golf, then you might give this movie a try.  It is PG-13, and really not too bad a movie.  I think it’s one the whole family could watch without too much concern on the parent’s part.  All in all, a good film, and perhaps the best golfing movie yet.  Nah, Happy Gilmore still owns!

Rewatchability = 18

Total Score = 80

That score may be a tad low, but not quite an ‘A’ movie either.

(EDIT from 2009 – Actually that seems about right, or perhaps even a tad high.)

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