Tin Cup (1996)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance


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A washed up golf pro working at a driving range tries to qualify for the US Open in order to win the heart of his successful rival's girlfriend.


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  • Lea Thompson at an event for Tin Cup (1996)
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  • Kevin Costner and Rene Russo in Tin Cup (1996)
  • Kevin Costner and Don Johnson at an event for Tin Cup (1996)
  • Kevin Costner and Cheech Marin in Tin Cup (1996)

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25 August 2009 | Movie_Muse_Reviews
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| Sports and romance clichés get smothered by the Costner-Shelton swagger
Underdog sports movies walk a fine line with clichés; romantic comedies walk a fine line with clichés. "Tin Cup" is both these things and walks the finest of the fine lines, and though it leans toward the cliché, it never completely loses its balance. Its likable swagger behind star Kevin Costner -- a similar swagger to that of "Bull Durham," also directed by Ron Shelton -- is what makes it one of the more memorable fault-filled sports movies.

Like the previous (and slightly better) Costner-Shelton collaboration of "Durham," this film is a romantic sports comedy about a trashy/washed-up athlete who wastes a lot of talent and somehow manages to attract sexual attention.

Costner stars as West Texan Roy McAvoy, referred to sometimes as 'Tin Cup,' a talented college golfer who somehow ended up a golf pro at a downtrodden driving range with his amigo Romeo (Cheech Marin) while his college teammate David Simms (Don Johnson) went on to be a star. Roy is a betting man who goes with his gut, ignores reason and uses golf metaphors to make sense of life. When an anal retentive psychiatrist named Molly (Rene Russo) shows up at his range for lessons, Roy is smitten, only to find she's with Simms. Of course the only way to win her over is to try and make the U.S. Open, right?

Costner and Russo have forced character chemistry. There's no reason for either of them to be interested in each other, save that Roy wants a challenge compared to the white trash women he's interested in. There's certainly no reason for Molly to leave her tournament- winning boyfriend for a sleazeball. And you know it's true when the dialogue directly addresses why they fell for the other like it's justification or something.

The machismo fueling Roy and his buddies in the movie, constantly betting each other and insulting the other when he lays up and plays it safe is childish, but it brings the film its humor and keeps it from being a straight through underdog movie. Its more interested in its characters than building up plot suspense, which is a good thing, if only the characters behaved in realistic ways.

"Tin Cup" is a giant golf metaphor for life, about how taking risks -- no matter how many times you fail -- is always worth it. Shelton's film is gutsy in the same way, finding different ways of telling a sports story that will make it feel different. It goes about it in an amateur way, but it's the bravado that it will be remembered for. Shelton's films have this miraculous tendency to only let their best parts stick with you. They're the kinds of movies that make for great channel-surfing finds on TV. That's really what "Tin Cup" is.

~Steven C

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Trivia

John Leguizamo was considered for the part of Romeo.


Quotes

Dr. Molly Griswold: I'm a, like, terrible shrink, probably. I should have never gotten out of real estate, shit, actually, I should have never left Ohio for that cowboy in Amarillo, but... Have you ever been to Amarillo?
Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: Cowboy?
Dr. Molly Griswold: Yeah. It's not as romantic when you're ...


Goofs

On the very last hole of the US Open, presented as a par 5, Kevin Costner can make an Eagle or Birdie if he hits it over the water, so he has at that point 2 strokes. He hits (3) it onto the green, where it rolls back into the water. He drops (4) a replacement, hits (5) it onto the green and again it rolls back into the water. He drops (6) another, hits (7) it just short into the water, He drops (8) again, hits (9) it into the water, again. He drops (10) a final ball, hits (11) it over the water onto the green, near the hole, and it rolls back and to the right, into the hole, for a total of 11. Yet everyone in the movie mistakenly talks about 12, and given the lack of mutter on the web, no one, not even the professionals (a number of which were in the movie) noticed the blatant error.


Alternate Versions

At least one network television version adds a scene just before the U.S. Open, in which Roy and Romeo are almost kept from entering due to their shabby clothes and winnebago. David Simms then shows up, "heroically" points out that Roy's name is misspelled on the roster, and they all enter... but Roy's winnebago causes a considerable amount of (unintentional) property damage due to its height. But this makes Romeo's surprised observation in the next scene that David is present less understandable.


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Como Hace Calor
Written by
Tito Larriva and Nick Vincent
Produced by Tito Larriva
Performed by Tito & Taranchola (as Tito and Tarantula)

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

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