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Rated G · 96 minutes · 2011

About halfway through this maudlin Sunday school lesson, Robert Duvall recites a simple prayer with such humility and quiet authority that you might wish he were doing so in a far deeper film. Directed by Matthew Dean Russell, the movie is commendable for its earnestness and good intentions, presenting Christian virtue as a matter of personal betterment rather than moral superiority. Lucas Black stars as a wayward pro-golfer who finds peace and lowers his score after he's forced to join the devout population of a small town in Texas. If the combination of Christian bromides and golf tips strikes you as a recipe for boredom, stay away. With Melissa Leo.
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Director: Matthew Russell
Producer: Mark Mathis, Jason Berman, David Cook, Jess Stainbrook, Joseph Coors Jr., Ray Davis, Robert Innamorati, Rick Jackson, Phil Myers, Ken Herfurth, Lucas Black, Robert Carliner, Mary Vernieu and Lou Waters
Cast: Robert Duvall, Lucas Black, Melissa Leo, Deborah Woll, Brian Geraghty, Kathy Baker, K.J. Choi, Joseph Lyle Taylor, Madison Burge, Jerry Ferrera, Sarah Jensen, Sally Vahle, Robert Bear, Josh Painting, Brandel Chamblee, Kelly Tilghman and Ezra Proch

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