Preteen girl looking at a cell phone with her parents

Family movie night? There's an app for that

Download our new mobile app on iOS and Android.

Parents' Guide to

Swing Away

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Predictable but sweet family-friendly golf comedy.

Movie PG 2017 98 minutes
Swing Away Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

Staring at a blank wall would be far more entertaining

Completely, utterly predictable. Quite literally the most stale conglomeration of sports-movie cliches tossed together haphazardly. I could smell the plot a minute into the movie. Even crucial details (the main character's anger issues, which were probably supposed to be a central part of the plot), were completely disregarded after making a brief appearance for no reason. Good time-consumer for a drowsy six year old, though or a really really dilapidated dog.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Predictable but still sweet, this movie is equal parts family-friendly golf comedy, David vs. Goliath drama, and Greece travel ad. Star Elizabeth is believable as a Greek-American golf pro who returns to the comfort of her grandparents' home after the career low -- and ego blow -- of being suspended. The best parts of Swing Away, which feels as familiar as a Hallmark or Lifetime special, are when Zoe is either with her grandparents or with little Stella, who's all wide-eyed potential. Stella cleverly exchanges Greek-language skills (Zoe is rusty) for coaching, and she and Zoe have an easy rapport.

O'Hurley's Glenn is a pretty stereotypical one-dimensional rich villain (all that's missing is a twirlable mustache or a Mr. Burns-like cackle). It's hard to believe that a businessman would enter a deal in Greece and then call the Greek language "gibberish"; he's just that irredeemable. And although a romance is implied between Zoe and Stella's father, Marcos (Manos Gavras), her friendship with Stella is far more compelling. The third act shifts to a community-wide scale as the entire village starts to show an interest in golf -- and supporting Zoe. When it comes down to the village versus Glenn, even the Greek Orthodox priest is out on the greens. With God on their side, how can the village lose?

Movie Details

Inclusion information powered by

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate