Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius
Bobby Jones (Jim Caviezel), legendary amateur golfer of the 1920s, became a national hero for his golfing skills and his refusal to become a pro. This biopic follows Bobby’s passion for golf from the time he is six years old until he becomes the first and, so far the only, golfer to win four championships in a calendar year. He advances from the Georgia State Amateur title as a teenager, to national tournaments, until retiring at age 28. As he matures, Bobby learns to suppress his fiery temper with the help of his most ardent fans, journalist O.B. Keeler (Malcolm McDowell) and his wife, Mary (Claire Forlani). Such professional icons as Walter Hagen (Jeremy Northam) and Harry Vardon (Aidan Quinn) seem insulted that they must face the youthful Bobby, but soon express admiration for his unique ability. “Stroke of Genius’s” beautiful scenery, colorful settings and intelligent look at how sports used to be will attract mostly older audiences.
One of Bobby’s most admired qualities is his honesty. One stroke behind Walter Hagen on Scotland’s famous St. Andrews course, Bobby calls a penalty on himself for a minor mistake that only he knows he made. He refuses to turn pro because he feels playing for money takes the fun out of the game. This decision creates stress in his marriage, especially during the long absences when he is on tour. Shouting obscenities and throwing a golf club that hits a female spectator gets him temporarily banned from playing in USGA tournaments. The cursing would be difficult to omit since it is a significant part of the young Bobby Jones. Dove rates this film family-friendly because of positive themes of honesty, fair play and strong family values.