Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -1/2

Bobby Jones (Jim Caviezel), legendary amateur golfer of the 1920s, became a national hero for his golfing skills and his refusal to become a pro. This biopic follows Bobbys passion for golf from the time he is six years old (Devon Gearhart) until he becomes the first and, so far, only golfer to win four championships in a calendar year. He advances from the Georgia State Amateur title as a teenager (Thomas Lewis) to national tournaments until retiring at age 28. As he matures, Bobby learns to suppress his fiery temper with the help of his most ardent fans, journalist O.B. Keeler (Malcolm McDowell) and his wife, Mary (Claire Forlani). Such professional icons as Walter Hagen (Jeremy Northam) and Harry Vardon (Aidan Quinn) seem insulted that they must face the youthful Bobby but soon express admiration for his unique ability. Stroke of Geniuss beautiful scenery, colorful settings and intelligent look at how sports used to be will attract mostly older audiences.

One of Bobbys most admired qualities is his honesty. One stroke behind Walter Hagen on Scotlands famous St. Andrews course, Bobby calls a penalty on himself for a minor mistake that only he knows he made. He refuses to turn pro because he feels playing for money takes the fun out of the game. This decision creates stress in his marriage, especially during the long absences when he is on tour. After retiring from golf, Bobby becomes a lawyer and eventually designs and builds the Masters Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia. Because of a painful spinal condition, frequent stomach cramps and depression, he occasionally uses alcohol to relieve the pain, but theres no hint of alcoholism. Shouting obscenities and throwing a golf club that hits a female spectator gets him temporarily banned from playing in USGA tournaments. While the cursing would be difficult to omit since it is a significant part of the young Bobby Jones, it prevents a positive acceptability rating. But Preview approves of the films positive themes of honesty, fair play and strong family values.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Film Foundry

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (13) times mild (hell 3, damn 4); moderate (bastard 1); strong (ass 1, SOB 4)

Obscene Language: Several (5) times strong (s-word 5)

Profanity: Few (2) times moderate (G 2)

Violence: Few times moderate (golf club thrown in rage, hitting woman; two men wrestle)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Once moderate (women humiliate girl with crude insult)

Drugs: Several times mild (drinking whiskey from flask, social drinking in club

Other: Appropriate use of Dear Lord

Running Time: 126 minutes
Intended Audience: Mature Audiences

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