OVERVIEW: Co-written and directed by Ron Shelton, the 1996 romantic comedy "Tin Cup" takes its place as a humorous and well-acted underdog story about a former golf prodigy, Roy McAvoy, who never lived up to his potential. Once McAvoy finally finds his motivation (be it a woman or just a chance to one-up the other guy), he does whatever it takes to qualify for the U.S. Open and prove his worth in the world of golf.
The first time I saw "Tin Cup," it was being broadcasted on basic cable. As I watched, I couldn't believe how funny it was and that I'd never before heard of the movie. I quickly went online to purchase the DVD for home viewing. On a personal level, I get a little tired of the motivational sports movies that take themselves too seriously--for this reason, "Tin Cup" is among my favorites for the genre. Rotten Tomatoes gives "Tin Cup" a 69% rating on the tomato-meter, which is higher than I had anticipated, yet seems to signify a respectable fan-base for the film.
STARRING ROLES include: Kevin Costner as Roy "Tin Cup" McAvoy, Don Johnson as David Simms, Rene Russo as Dr. Molly Griswold, Cheech Marin as Romeo Posar, Linda Hart as Doreen, Rex Linn as Dewey, Lou Myers as Clint, Dennis Burkley as Earl, and George Perez as Jose.
"Tin Cup" also features its weight in cameos from TV golf commentators Jim Nantz, Frank Chirkinian, and Ken Venturi as well as from professional golfers Phil Mickelson, Craig Stadler, Gary McCord, Corey Pavin, Johnny Miller, Lee Janzen, Billy Mayfair, and Fred Couples.
SUMMARY: As a young lad, the world of golf had high expectations for Roy "Tin Cup" McAvoy, but Roy seems just fine and dandy living the simple life in West Texas. When he's not drinking with his buddy Romeo, Roy runs a driving range (though he usually does both simultaneously). Psychologist Molly Griswold, perhaps inspired by her professional golfer boyfriend, David Simms, enlists Roy's services for golf lessons.
Roy initially believes Simms is offering him a spot to play in an upcoming tournament, but Simms actually wants Roy to caddy. Despite the blow to his ego, Roy agrees to lend his expertise of the course. Amid play, Roy and Simms engage in an argument about the best strategy for a particular hole; Roy insists on shooting for the green while David prefers to air on the side of caution, thus avoiding the water hazard. As the men pump their fists, the peanut gallery takes bets on the men. Against Simms' wishes, Roy breaks caddy-ship and takes the 230-yard shot, landing his ball on the green.
Weighed by Simms's insults, Roy seeks revenge by beating him in the U.S. Open. In order to qualify, Roy knows he has to overcome a few personal issues--the kind for which Molly agrees to help. Roy's recklessness on the course digs him into an even deeper hole. In the meantime, Molly gains a new perspective of her high-and-mighty boyfriend, which seems to drive her and David further apart, but she and Roy closer together.