Tin Cup (1996)

We lasted forty minutes in this one.  The mood was right:  Friday 
afternoon in a cool theater with a big screen and fully functioning 
sound.  The seats were comfy, the attendance sparse, and even the 
floors were only slightly sticky.  Thus, we were ready and waiting 
to enjoy this already-acclaimed golfing comedy from writer/director 
Ron Shelton (WHITE MEN CAN'T JUMP, BULL DURHAM).  And while the 
credit sequence was amusing enough-- an armadillo wandering across 
a Texas highway and onto a dilapidated and nearly-deserted driving 
range-- we just couldn't get past the absurd second scene.  Here 
was an intelligent woman (Rene Russo, whose character claims to be 
a doctor) who shows up for a golf lesson (a.) alone (b.) at night 
and (c.) without even flinching at the flirtatious gibberish that 
her instructor (Kevin Costner) starts spouting.  Huh?  We gave this 
so-broad-it's-not-even-funny comedy another thirty minutes and then 
left.  On the way out, we passed a patron who was fast asleep in 
his plaid shirt and yellow pants.  *He* knew that the best way to 
watch a boring golf game was with your eyes closed.  (Rated 
"PG"/130 min.)

Grade: W/O (Walked Out)

Copyright 1996 by Michael J. Legeros

Originally posted to triangle.movies in MOVIE HELL: August 18, 1996

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