Tin Cup (1996)

(On TV, September 2000) Even those who can’t stand Kevin Costner should be able to enjoy his turn in this sports (golf) comedy. That Renee Russo is there, looking hotter than ever, should placate the last holdovers. Not a great film by any measure, nor much of a comedy, but it lets itself be watched easily, and the film boasts a few interesting set-pieces. (Most memorable are the two bets between protagonist and antagonist, as well as the protagonist’s fascination for one very specific club.) The ending is interesting, simultaneously damning and following the usual sport conventions by turning victory into defeat and definite defeat into victory. Too imperfect to be all-fun (there are two painful scenes) but worth a look, if not dollars.

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