Seven Days in Utopia
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2011
Every person I saw this movie with, and I saw it in the theater more than once with several different people, said the same thing, they loved it and wanted to own it on video. Recently, I talked to a woman whose son worked as a crew member. He said the crew didn't have high hopes for this modest-budgeted film at the time, and they were all surprised at just how good it turned out to be when it was released.

It's a feel-good movie about accomplishing dreams that makes a person want to see it again and again. They even make golf interesting. The faith aspect of it is sweet and comforting and never mushy. The scenery is beautiful; the characters are great; Duvall is the best! He rides his horse on the golf course! Have the Kleenex handy, it will touch your heart.
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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2011
Best family movie to come along in a Long time.
The advice given in the movie is the best.
Saw this movie twice and cannot wait to buy it.
The critics gave it a bad rap because there was no wild violance, cursing, sex content, ect.
Uplifting life lessons.Seven Days in Utopia
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2011
"How can a game have such an affect on a man's soul? The way I see it, how can it not?" When Luke Chisolm's (Black) big chance at a golf tournament ends in a disaster he drives away wanting to give up golf. When an accident lands him in the town of Utopia he meets a rancher named Johnny Crawford (Duvall) who can teach him about golf, and much more. I have to admit that many of the "faith-based" movies that I have seen start off good then end up being very cheesy where everything works out perfect without any consequences or obstacles to avoid. This one was heading down that path but veered of sharply and ended up having one of the best endings I have seen in a movie. All that aside, this is a fantastic family movie that everyone will love and is a rare G rated movie that is good. While this is a golf movie, this is also so much more and Duvall plays a type of Mr. Myagi character in the way that only he can. I can go on and on about this movie but I will simply say...this is a must watch. Overall, one of the best sports movies to come out lately as well as one of the top ten of the year so far. I highly recommend. I give it an A.

*Also try - Greatest Game Ever Played & The Perfect Game
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2012
This is a Robert Duvall film about a young talented golfer who implodes and ends up in a small town. There, he gets a series of life lessons, is forced to question his life and make choices about his future. Its in the same spirit as parts of "secondhand lions". Its a simple story. Its a family story. Its well done.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2012
The only thing I know or care to know about golf is the competitive miniature golf I do with my family on vacation. Having said that I was really skeptical as to whether or not I could enjoy this movie, but let me tell you the story here is far greater than golf. I didn't even know about the book until after the fact, but if the movie was this powerful I can just imagine how good the book is. Seriously whether your a pro golfer, an amateur miniature golfer like me, or could just care less about golf all together take a chance and watch this movie. It has something in it for all the above. If you know adults or young people who are athletes or have the desire for stardom share this movie with them. It really has some great lessons to be learned in it. I was really able to glean some great ideas from this movie on how to possible help reach the teen girls I teach in Sunday School. Highly recommend this great family friendly film.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2011
What a great movie! My husband and I were glued to the screen the entire movie. This movie doesn't have any big car or fight scenes, because it didn't need any. I am waiting for the blue ray version to come out. This is definitely one for the DVD library!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2013
Though this is a "golf movie" and the lessons the main character learns are in that backdrop of golf, the lessons go far beyond golf and are applicable to any of us, whether you've played golf or not (I would be in the latter category). At the end of the day, this film has a strong message that it's good to examine your life and see what you're really living for. Is it to win a big tournament? Get in the record books? Be the next superstar? Have the world's wealth? This movie is all about causing us to put life in proper perspective.

This is a generally feel-good, "down home" southern-feeling (Texas) film with practically no swearing or objectionable content. The story itself, however, I felt left something to be desired. I knew I was in for a bit of a bumpy ride early on in the film when the golfer ends up in this small town after a big defeat, and everyone in town seemingly is watching the Golf sports channel and thus finds out about his defeat. What kind of realism is that??? I know some people watch golf and all, but that's really stretching it...Anyway, this kind of implausible-but-predictable type stuff happens throughout the film. When you come to the place where you start to understand that this movie isn't really about golf, or really even too much about the story, as it is about its main points regarding life, you realize you can cut it a bit of slack. Of course, I didn't really come to that understanding until the very end of the movie...

In fact, if it wasn't for the ending, I probably wouldn't recommend the movie. I won't give it away, but it honestly surprised me, especially because the rest of the movie was fairly predictable and full of clichés.

The film's message is pretty generic and while seen by some as a "Christian movie", you won't find any real mention of Jesus. The main character's supposed "born again" experience (including with a song playing that boldly uses such words) isn't even remotely representative of a true Biblical "born again" experience, but it's more of just a general letting go of the past and what you've been living for to move forward kind of thing. Very generalized and watered-down, etc. Yet, because of the way it was portrayed, it didn't grandly concern me (though I do wish they would have chosen a different song that didn't use the "born again" verbage). The movie did a similar thing with its "see, feel, trust" thing that is used throughout the movie. It's all kind of generic, vaguely religious type stuff, rather than any real substance. (sidenote: the website that the movie directs people to at the end does have a page that's more specific regarding Jesus and brings more Christian-specific clarity to the movie). The movie's core message of examining your life to see if what you're living for will really matter in the end, I believe is one of great value.

The acting and production quality were fine and sufficient and that's about all that can be said about that. Nothing stellar.

This movie could be a perfectly fine "family night" type of movie, but I'd definitely recommend follow-up discussion to really discuss what some people live for vs. what the Bible says really matters, how we need to "see, feel, trust" in what's true and what's true is Jesus who IS the Truth, what being "born again" REALLY entails (i.e. repentance, faith in Jesus to save us from our sins, etc.) - that it's a whole new life in Jesus, how we need to strive for excellence in life (do everything well) but not lose perspective, the value of having a Godly mentor-like figure in our lives, etc.

Chris Long
MoviesForChristians Movie Reviews
moviesforchristians dot org
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I like golf, I like movies about golf. So I figured I would like this. It was ok if not a little churchy and the acting was fine. What got me was the POS ending where to see if he makes the putt you have to visit a website. What a load of crap, I paid to see an entire movie, not 95%. That ruined the entire experience and is why this movie will receive this low score. I would score it lower but Amazon wont allow it.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2011
I saw this movie in theatre-- really appreciated it. This would have been an outstanding movie if it had a bigger budget. This is not a Christian movie per se--it is a golf movie that has a message about golf, life and God. Being from near where it was filmed makes it all the more real. Small town Texas is really like the movie-- it just doesn't happen all in one week.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2013
This movie is rated G and has a good message. Lucas Black, who is a golfer, swerves to miss a Texas cow in the road and damages his car and thus, stays in the small town of Utopia while repairs are made. (Cows in Texas have a reputation for sneaking out of fences.) Robert Duvall, who knows a thing or two about golf, helps the young golfer with his mental game and it isn't all about the course and greens. Duvall interjects faith and other mental life skills into his unique golf coaching. It is a clean, decent movie that the whole family can watch. People of faith will probably enjoy it.
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