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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Promotes good works, empathy, concern for others as a means of redemption. Encourages parents to respect a child's choices. Values friendship, sobriety, philanthropy, and believing in oneself. Participation in sports is seen as a productive, energizing activity that helps self-esteem and inspires teamwork.
Positive Role Models
Self-absorbed, self-pitying man learns important lessons about team play, caring for others, and an open heart. Caricature of aggressive youth coach is exaggerated and silly. Ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
A young boy kicks a grown man. A brief fistfight ends with a man smashing a car window with a golf club.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Some coarse language and insults: "turd," "bull ducky," "shut up," "schmucks," "crap," "damn," "ass," "dummy." A man is shown talking on the phone in a toilet stall with his pants down, farting and pooping.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Hero struggles with alcohol dependence: pours whiskey into his coffee, drinks in a bar, turns to hard liquor when frustrated. A very drunk country club patron is used as comedy. Cigar smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Little Loopers is another film in the increasingly common "down-and-out coach adopts the team from nowhere" sports genre. In this story, the sport is golf; the kids are a ragtag bunch of underachievers (with one exception, the prospective "star"); and the likable coach is a hard-drinking failure who supports himself by hustling golf games. A bit of violence sets the game in motion when the hero gets into a fistfight, breaks a car window with his golf club, and is sentenced to community service. Expect some crass language and swearing ("bull ducky," "schmucks," "damn," "ass," "crap"), and a lengthy scene shows a man sitting on the toilet, talking on the phone while he farts and grunts. The film contains moments of drinking, drunkenness, and gambling. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
No surprises, no nuance, no inspiration in this disappointing underdog sports story; kids and golf deserve better. Despite an engaging, solid performance by lead actor Boyd Kestner as William "Hutch" McGee, the movie simply doesn't work. Situations are hackneyed, characters are one-dimensional, and the direction is by the numbers, with Jim Valdez making many questionable artistic choices and allowing some of his performers to overact mercilessly. On the plus side, Valdez has enlisted some fine character actors for the film: Rob Morrow and Mark Moses are fine in smaller roles. Given the number of available meaningful, entertaining, and rousing sports stories centered on kids, teens, and coaches, this one is a time-waster.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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