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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive messages about the focus and dedication that golf requires, the joys of mentorship/coaching, and the importance of a community that works together. Themes also include humility and teamwork.
Positive Role Models
Zoe goes from angry to humble. She becomes a positive influence on and coach/mentor to her young charge and a dedicated member of the village's community.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Flirting between Zoe and Marcos.
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One "son of a bitch" and a couple uses of "bulls--t," "s--t," "bastard," "crap," "pissed," "blasted," etc. Subtitled words include "hell," "idiot," "shut up," and more.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink together at dinners, bars/restaurants. Zoe drinks too much and is asked if she needs a hangover cure the next day. Brief shot of characters smoking as well.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Swing Away is a family-friendly dramedy about a golfer (Shannon Elizabeth) who flees to her grandparents' village in Greece after being suspended for poor sportsmanship. Once in Greece, she connects with a 10-year-old local who yearns to master the game. There's some language (including a couple of uses of "bastard," "s--t," and "pissed"), as well as a scene of adults smoking and drinking at a tavern, but otherwise it's fine for preteens and up. Families who watch together can discuss what sportsmanship means, why the game of golf is so beloved, and what the movie teaches audiences about Greece. Themes also include humility and teamwork. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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?
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