Hole In One (2011)

Posted: March 24, 2011 in Movies

Golf comedies are a rarity in the movie world. While there have been attempts over the years, nothing can stand up to Caddyshack (which probably ruined it for all these other movies.) The latest entry to the mix is Hole In One, a 2011 staright-to-DVD comedy starring Steve Talley (American Pie 5) and Dean Cain (Superman). Is it up to “par” with Caddyshack, or does it fail to make the cut?

The answer to that is really going to depend on your tolerance for low-brow humor and mindless nonsense. The critics absolutely hated this film. Even our friends at RottenTomatoes.com thought it was cinematic diarrhea, but I’m hear to set the record straight. This movie wasn’t nearly as bad as they say.

The film revolves around Talley’s character Eric, a highly-gifted golfer but radically-undisciplined college undergrad. He parties, he has sex – he’s the consummate college kid. Catching a bit of an E-Street hustle of sorts, Eric finds his world drastically altered after losing a golf bet to a pair of sadistic plastic surgeons. His bad-boy attitude lifestyle comes to a screeching halt as he loses his money, his girlfriend, his dignity and his golf swing.

Having nothing left to lose, Eric and his best friend Tyler decide to take on the doctors, in a final golf match of “Best-Ball” to get his life back and become the man he should have been all along. Sounds pretty mild – I know – but what makes this film at least watch-able are all the little side plots going on throughout the movie.

For one (and without giving anything away), Dean Cain’s character is very funny. With hillbilly accent and limp en tow, Cain steals a lot of the movies thunder with his antics. Also worth paying attention to is the role of Mark (played by newcomer K.T. Tatara). His schtick as asian-cum-rapper has been done plenty in the past, but his version holds up with the best of them.

It’s part American Pie, part National Lampoon, part stupidity – but in a genre of movies that hasn’t produced a chuckle out of me since Chevy Chase and Bill Murray invaded Bushwood, this was a decent watch.

6.5/10

IMDB: Here | Download (AVI): Here

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