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"SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA"
(2011) (Lucas Black, Robert Duvall) (G)


Alcohol/Drugs Mild
Blood/Gross Stuff Mild
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons Minor
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) Mild
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Minor
Sex/Nudity Minor
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: After a public meltdown at the end of a recent tournament, a young golfer ends up in a small town under the sage tutelage of a former player who changes the young man's mind about the game and life.
PLOT:
Luke Chisholm (LUCAS BLACK) is a young golfer molded into the profession by his teacher, coach and father, Martin (JOSEPH LYLE TAYLOR). The dad also serves as the son's caddie, but they have a falling out when Luke has a public and televised meltdown during a tournament. After that, Luke takes off in his car and goes where the road takes him. That turns out to be the town of Utopia, Texas, population 375.

Its most famous resident is Johnny Crawford (ROBERT DUVALL), a one-time golf pro who gave up the sport due to his problems with alcohol. It's his fence that Luke ends up accidentally crashing through while avoiding a cow in the middle of the road, a turn of events that strands the young man there for several days while his car is repaired.

He draws the attention of Sarah (DEBORAH ANN WOLL) who's training to be a horse whisperer when she isn't working as a waitress in the restaurant run by her mom, Lily (MELISSA LEO). Luke's appearance doesn't sit well with Jake (BRIAN GERAGHTY) who's sweet on Sarah. But Johnny is more accepting, as he sees something of a younger version of himself in the newcomer.

Accordingly, he offers to help Luke over the course of seven days where he'll reset his mindset and priorities through a variety of tactics, lessons and more, all to put the young man back on track both in his game and life.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're into golf, are fans of anyone in the cast, or are enticed by the religiously themed plot, they might show some interest.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: G
Presumably for not containing material to warrant a higher rating (although it does include one use of "hell" and some thematic material that some viewers might consider PG territory).


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