For A Golf Movie That Won't Make Golfers Cringe, See The Squeeze
Illegal gambling and high-stakes golf that's actually believable set this film apart.
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Golf season may be underway (and we've got a list of 27 courses you must play), but we still need something to do at night, right? I mean, the Golf Channel, is okay, but...
So how does this sound instead: illegal gambling, life-or-death golf matches, and actors who actually know how to play the game. If that piques your interest, The Squeeze, a new golf movie that debuted in select theaters and on the internet April 17, might be exactly what you're looking for.
Here's the plot in a nutshell: A young muni golf phenom who can't lose becomes the stakes horse for a high-rolling gambler who rides him to Las Vegas to play in a million-dollar match. The film is set the night before the match, when the small-town phenom is threatened with death from two sides: one if he wins, the other if he loses.
As Steve Wynn, chairman, Wynn Resorts, said: “The Squeeze is a rare movie in that I couldn’t figure out what was going to happen next, and I was sad when it ended. The dialog is snappy, the cast and performances are wonderful, and it has the best poker scene I’ve ever seen in a movie. If you like gambling, golf, and Las Vegas, you’ll love this movie.”
And, yes, The Squeeze is about gambling, golf, and Las Vegas. But it's also about the loss of innocence, how young love conquers all, and why you should never, ever trust anybody who wears a hat indoors. But mostly it's about life-or-death gambling on golf.
What really distinguishes The Squeeze from other golf movies is that the players are really players. They know which end of the club to hold and how to swing it, which is more than you can say about just about any other golf movie ever released. The golf sequences—and there are many good ones—are believable and a pleasure to watch.
The bad guys are evil, the hero is kind of hapless but you root for him anyway, and the golf is more than just credible. The Squeeze is a delightful diversion.
Watch the trailer below