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The Legend of Bagger Vance

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Lovingly told drama isn't for everyone; some iffy stuff.

Movie PG-13 2000 126 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 13+

A good film for the family

In this film you'll find less exploitation of the female body than can be seen in television commercials your children probably see every day. Foul language and drinking doesn't distract from the message of the film. Obviously this is a Golf film but, unlike other Golf films, this one has a message that will warm your heart.

This title has:

Great messages
age 18+

Takes God's name in vain multiple times.

If taking God's name in vain offends you then you will want to skip this movie. The movie starts off with the character taking God's name in vain. It happened again towards the beginning of the movie so I had to turn it off. Just wanted to forewarn people who might find this offensive.

This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Your ability to appreciate this movie will depend on your tolerance for larger-than life stories with allegorical, even epical, overtones. Some people will find it simplistic and clichéd. They will see Bagger Vance's relationship with Junuh as too much like having Yoda coach Luke Skywalker. Vance tells Junuh things that will either strike you as wise or fortune-cookie corny, depending on your point of view. But others, particularly those who have spent some time in the South, will recognize it as not too far off from the way things actually occur in that part of the country, especially on the golf course. They will enjoy the sun-dappled greens and the pleasures of seeing a man find a swing that makes a sound like thunder when it drives the ball.

This movie has a lot in common with A River Runs Through It. Like that one, this story begins with an old man remembering the sport and the setting of his youth, with golf, like fly-fishing, as a metaphor for man's interaction with nature and fate and even love. But A River Runs Through It was more complex and more comfortable with ambiguity. Its message was that a person can love completely without understanding completely. This movie, with its more traditional journey of redemption, is not as wise or moving. But it is a good story, lovingly told, and beautiful to watch.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: November 3, 2000
  • On DVD or streaming: April 3, 2001
  • Cast: Charlize Theron , Matt Damon , Will Smith
  • Director: Robert Redford
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Black actors
  • Studio: DreamWorks
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 126 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some sexual content
  • Last updated: June 7, 2023

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