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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Costner Shoots a Birdie!
Kevin Costner should stick to playing likeable average guys in films like 'Tin Cup'! Ron Shelton, who had worked with the actor earlier in one of the best baseball films ever made ('Bull Durham'), takes on the trials and tribulations of a journeyman professional golfer in this outing, and while it lacks the charm and comraderie of the earlier film, it manages to make...
Published on February 7, 2000 by Benjamin J Burgraff

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected... relaxed fun
I rented this DVD on a whim. I'm not a golfer, but you don't need to be in order to enjoy this little film. It's obvious how things will turn out from early on, but it really doesn't matter. The cast is solid and the film is fun, even if the plot contains few surprises.
There's lots of fun one-liners, a good musical score, and a good transfer. The DVD lacks many...
Published on July 9, 1999


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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Costner Shoots a Birdie!, February 7, 2000
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Kevin Costner should stick to playing likeable average guys in films like 'Tin Cup'! Ron Shelton, who had worked with the actor earlier in one of the best baseball films ever made ('Bull Durham'), takes on the trials and tribulations of a journeyman professional golfer in this outing, and while it lacks the charm and comraderie of the earlier film, it manages to make the solitary nature of golf more human and acceptable to all the non-golfers out here.
It is not the best golf film ever made (that honor goes to the Randy Quaid comedy, 'Dead Solid Perfect'), and it does have flaws (the leisurely pacing, some overlong scenes), but there is such a warm, fuzzy feeling to the entire film that you end up rooting for Costner, both on the golf course, and in his pursuit of Rene Russo (who is wonderful!)
Cheech Marin provides welcome comedy relief, and Don Johnson's slick smarminess is a perfect counterpoint to Costner's gonzo approach to golf and life.
Costner's laid-back charm, perhaps his greatest asset as an actor, is often lost in sci-fi epics like 'Waterworld', and 'The Postman', or tearjerkers like 'Message in a Bottle'. Sports films are a far better venue for him ('Bull Durham' and 'Field of Dreams' are cases in point), and he is relaxed and confident in 'Tin Cup', making this one of his best performances.
Buy it! You won't be disappointed!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If only Costner stuck to sports movies, January 19, 2000
Kevin Costner is one of the most athletic actors in film history. Not many others could have made Crash Davis believable in Bull Durham. In this movie, Costner shows his athletic ability again, playing a round of golf with a variety of gardening tools and swtich-hitting his drives.
Costner also shows another side of his talent - his title role is a not-too-bright loser. This is a big departure from his epic heros in Waterworld and The Postman. As you might suspect, he's a better loser than he is a hero.
One other thing about the golf in this movie - while some of it is pretty out there (does ESPN really televise pro-am's from podunk towns in West Texas?), there's nothing really unstable. No PA guys doing play-by-play or generic white uniforms or anything like that. The scene on the driving range before the US Open is a classic!
The rest of the cast is solid, and Cheech Marin nearly steals the movie (as he often does). The plot does hold one big surprise (the end isn't what you think it's going to be), but is fairly predictable otherwise. The soundtrack is great, the West Texas and North Carolina scenery is great, and there's more than a few laughs.
Pick it up and enjoy!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest movies ever made., July 17, 2006
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Adrienne Fischier (New York City, NY USA) - See all my reviews
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I'm so glad I bought this DVD; the more I watch it the funnier

it gets. Charming performances, witty dialogue, and a music score

to die for. (Roger Ebert's review available from imdb catches this

work just right.) Costner has never been more charming and disarming. Kevin and Rene have some sweet love scenes, nothing

like the searing stuff she did with Brosnan in Thomas Crown!

I never in my life could "get" golf, and now I am

watching the tournaments on TV. The lore of this film has passed

into the general culture, at least among golf people, and you will

laugh all the way through this delightfully quirky movie.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected... relaxed fun, July 9, 1999
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This review is from: Tin Cup (DVD)
I rented this DVD on a whim. I'm not a golfer, but you don't need to be in order to enjoy this little film. It's obvious how things will turn out from early on, but it really doesn't matter. The cast is solid and the film is fun, even if the plot contains few surprises.
There's lots of fun one-liners, a good musical score, and a good transfer. The DVD lacks many features, but it does have both widescreen and pan-and-scan. I have to say you lose a LOT if you watch the pan-and-scan, golf courses are WIDE places.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done, December 27, 2003
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Damian P. Gadal (Santa Barbara, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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Another well done Costner Love/Sports story that provides for some good entertainment! Well cast with a good storyline.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just LOVE this movie, July 3, 2003
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Beth Huntington (Wallingford, CT United States) - See all my reviews
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Tin Cup is just FUN!! It does not have a deep message. It has no deep conflicting character analyses. No big lessons of life in transition here. It's just plain old entertainent.
Russo is her flakey,sweet,adorable self. Costner is a natural for this down-and-out fellow drinking beer and betting on which bug will be zapped next. His friends are just plain ole Texas boys. Cheech Marin ,as Romeo Posnar, is a scene stealer. Great role and nice to see him again.
Some silly dialogue. The "Pancake House" scene is hysterical. Some nice, mature friendship develoment between Marin, Hart (who ROCKS!!) as Doreen, all in relation to Costner's "Tin Cup" character.
Just fun! Don't miss the armadillos- nice touch in the opening scene.
Shawn Colvin's "Back To Salome" (last song in closing credits) is hantingly beautiful as well as quirky- kind of like Russo and Costner.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and enjoyable, February 24, 2007
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With golf being as fun and popular as it is,it is great to see movies about golf being made. "Tin Cup" is a great addition to golf movies,and while it may not be "Happy Gilmore" or "Caddyshack",has a great plot and script that will keep its viewers entertained until the very end...

This movie begins with going into the life of Roy McAvoy (Kevin Costner). While Roy may be a talented golfer with a lot of good friends,there is one problem that lies within Roy. The problem? When Roy gets angry,Roy gets destructive. And,when Roy gets destructive,not only does he cause harm for himself,he causes harm for other people,at the same time--two things that have taken a negative effect on Roy's life.

But then,one day,things change. This is when Roy meets a shrink named Dr. Molly Griswold(Rene Russo),who is a nice person that is not only smart when it comes to the issue of golf,but who also ends up(unexpectdly and unplanned)winning the heart of Roy. For Roy,this seems like a great opportunity to find real and true love and to reform himself....yet here,Roy finds another problem. This problem:the fact that not only does Molly have a boyfriend,but the fact that her boyfriend is a man named David Simms(Don Johnson),another golfer who happens to be the archnemises of Roy McAvoy(for good reasons,I might add). From here,can Roy not only win the U.S. open,but be able to bring Molly over from being David's girlfriend to being his girlfriend? Only time will tell!!!

When it comes down to "Tin Cup",this film has a lot of high points going for it. Not only is the plot for this film both interesting and creative with a strong and well-paced script accompanying it,which helps bring this movie to life,the acting here is very strong as well. While Kevin Costner's performance of Roy McAvoy in this film may not be one of Costner's best performances (compared to Costner's performances in a lot of his other films,which include "JFK","Dragonfly","The Guardian",etc.),through his performance,Costner does an excellent job at bringing a lot of humor and drama into his performance as Roy McAvoy,which helps this film shape itself. Don Johnson,while he may not be one of America's finest actors,brings the personality of Sonny Crockett onscreen here (with a lot of originality,at the same time)with his perfomance of David Simms. At the same time,Rene Russo does a perfect job at allowing this movie to have chemistry:on its own,for her own character,and between Kevin Costner's performance of Roy McAvoy and Don Johnson's performance of David Simms. These elements here not only keep this film moving along in an intelligent manner,help bring the movie to life and allow this film's viewers to get to know who the characters of Roy,David,and Molly are as people. How can you go wrong there??!!!

As already mentioned by another reviewer,the ending for this film is a bit weird (while,at the same time,some of this film's script does come out too be rather odd for its plot,especially when taking look at other movies that are not only similiar to this film,but are of this film's own genre,as well). But,on top of all of that,with this film's script doing what every film script needs to do(be good and interesting,and take it's time at getting to the main points of the film)and providing a good and worthwhile script here,how can you go wrong with this film? With this film's positive elements,it becomes not only a good golf movie,but a good movie,on it's own.

Special feautures here include profiles for the main actors in this film (Kevin Costner,Rene Russo,Don Johnson,Cheech Marin,as well as director Ron Shelton),and a biography for this film (would have preferred to see a behind-the-scenes look into the making of this film,but with the biography of the film that is provided here having good information that gives one the kind of information about this film that a behind-the-scenes look would,I am not complaining).

Overall,an entertaining and enjoyable film with not only a good plot and scipt,but good acting,accompanied by a good cast of actors and a good director. Worth viewing for not only fans of golf,but all movie fans,in general.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I don't even like golf, but this movie is o.k.!, September 26, 2002
This review is from: Tin Cup (DVD)
Like "Caddyshack" before it, this movie is a fun take on the sport, Kevin Costner proved here he could be funny, with Cheech Marin thrown in for good measure, watching these guys interact is always fun, In this Costner is Roy McAvoy, an everyday man with character flaws that somtimes reminds us of our own, he is a washed-up driving range pro, who at one time had the ability to be the Tiger Woods of his generation,but let his ego ruin it every time, Don Johnson is good here as Costner's advesary who echoes what Costner's Roy could have been, Johnson is now a big time player & very arrogant at that, Renee Russo stars as Johnson's girlfriend who Costner developes a fixation on & decides to win her over by entering the U.S Open which in turn will pit him against Johnson, Costner's charm really comes out as if he is a lovesick puppy & Russo's demeanor only heightens it, as Cheech reminds him that it is about focus, not ego, Cheech is very good here & puts his past as half of Cheech & Chong behind him, as he is the one guy that has to make sure Costner doesn't screw up again, Russo is very convincing as the love interest of both Costner & Johnson & eventually makes the right choice, the last 15 or 20 minutes are like watching golf on a sunday afternoon, but overall a good movie about facing one's fear & ego, like "Caddyshack" it is full of one-liners as Cheech is the voice of reason & Costner the flawed everyday man within us all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Falls in the Good Category, February 27, 2000
This review is from: Tin Cup (DVD)
Most actors make 3 kinds of movies: bad, mediocre and good. Kevin Costner makes only 2 kinds: extraordinarily bad and good. Tin cup falls in the good category; it's the best he's made since Field of Dreams. We can give the credit to Ron Shelton who co-wrote and directed with lively results.
I give so much credit to Shelton that I wish he'd recorded a commentary track; it'd be interesting to hear how he kept actor Costner while keeping director Costner from tinkering.
Regardless of how it got done, what we have is a well scripted, well photographed, interesting movie with an excellent cast. Extra kudos to Don Johnson for his low-key villian; there was no need for a supervillian in a movie about golf so Don just played it smirky.
The DVD is a standard catalog title: good clean video and no real extras.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different game of golf!, April 25, 2000
This review is from: Tin Cup (DVD)
Costner does a great job in the movie, as a golfer who doesn't lack talent or love for the game. The movie displayes golf in a way not seen before. The golf-slang in this movie will please every golfer around the world. "Tee it up!" says Costner as "Tin Cup" just before making love to his girlfriend for the second time in a row! Just an example of the lightheaded humor that maybe only golfers really understand. If you play golf you will love this movie....
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