(Gregg Bello, Doug Bilitch, Bakari Bolden, Natalie Imbruglia, et al / DVD / NR / 2015 / Cinedigm Entertainment)
Overview: Former golf pro directed to serve community service by teaching teenagers to play golf. A kind of "Bad News Bears" meets golf.
DVD Verdict: What a lovely little can-do story this is. A joy to watch, written by, and starring Boyd Kestner as 45-year old Hutch McGee, he co-owns a somewhat ratty golf course in California. He gives lessons to those who should not ever be on a golf course and drinks his days away to keep from going crazy!
So, one has to ask, How did he get himself into this? Well, he was once a young hot-shot on the pro tour but he found himself in a downward spiral, hitting bad shots at the wrong time, getting further and further away from the world-beater he started out as. Reminiscent of 'Tin Cup', but also quite different, so to speak. So he resorted to scamming golf matches, pretending to be a duffer, then winning big bets after he suckered them in. And that is how he ended up with a golf course, winning it from some real estate investors.
His partner is old reliable, Rob Morrow, a New Yorker in real life looking way out of place in jeans and cowboy boots as Big Earl Boyd. Anyway with that as a back story the movie starts when Hutch gets into a brawl and bashes in the window of the wrong car. He ends up in court and has to pay a $5000 fine plus put in 1000 hours community service. The latter part of that ends up being coach to a rag-tag group, four boys and a girl. So really only 200 hours with all five would meet his obligation.
Hutch starts out badly, he doesn't really have any interest in coaching the kids and at first just has them wash the carts and wade for lost balls. But threatened with going back to court he finally gets on board. So, yeah, basically, 'Little Loopers' is about Hutch redeeming himself and at the same time helping the kids achieve a better direction in their lives. The outcome of the final team competition is very predictable, I don't even have to state how it turns out, but that said, the movie is delightful from A-Z. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.