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(2011), G [G*] (1hr 39min)

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September 16, 2011
September 23, 2011

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2011), G [G*] ... SFT

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Prospect Park, Utopia Pictures
Distribution (US): Visio Entertainment
Director(s): Matt Russell
Producer(s): Ele Bardha, Jason Michael Berman, Rob Carliner, Kwesi Collisson, David Cook, Ken Herfurth, Lindsay Hovel, W. Michael Jenson, Susan Kirr, Susan Kirr, Mark G. Mathis, Phil Myers, Mick Partridge, Jess Stainbrook
Screenplay by: Rob Levine, Matt Russell, Sandra Thrift
Novel Golf's Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia: David Cook
Cinematography/Camera: M. David Mullen
Music: Klaus Badelt
Film Editing: Robert Komatsu
Casting: Lindsay Graham, Mary Vernieu
Production Design: Maxwell Fasen, Clark Hunter
Art Direction: Helen Harwell, Poldo Ramirez
Viewed at Rave Motion Pictures theater, Fort Worth, TX

The unknown golf contender, Luke Chisolm (Lucas Black) has been groomed since adolescence to become a golf great by his father Martin (Joseph Lyle Taylor) but due to an attitudinal meltdown at losing his first pro debut, Luke tries to escape the pressure of his highly public display of tantrums to somewhere ... anywhere ... and ends up nowhere in a pile of twisted steel that once was his car.

Now stranded in Utopia, Texas and after regaining composure and getting himself up from the car wreck, Luke finds himself looking up at Texas rancher Johnny Crawford (Robert Duvall).

After nursing his injuries, Luke finds Johnny to be deeply profound about life and with ways that can change his life ... and the direction it is headed. After a seven-day Crawford boot camp of re-grooming and reprogramming everything about himself, Luke is invited to play the Valero Texas Open against the leading pro golf master. Johnny, who as it turns out is a former PGA Tour professional himself, dispenses volumes of wisdom to Luke who resists Johnny at first as a bungling but kindly old cowboy who means well but could not possibly understand but Luke eventually realizes the value of what Johnny is teaching him. And why.

Now that the Crawford boot camp is over, Luke stands on the green of the last hole of the Valero Texas Open against TK Oh. Luke has just sent the ball on its way to the cup in the final stroke of the final hole that, if successful, will change his life. If the ball lands in the cup it will make him the PGA champ. But at the last second of the ball's trip to the cup the camera pans off to the sky. Did Luke make that potentially life-changing shot? We will never know. But does it really matter?

It would have been great if Luke had made that last shot and won the Valero but if he had missed the shot would he have really lost? If he lost, what would he have lost? That which Luke "won"in the seven days in Utopia was of so much greater value than the fleeting glory of winning a golf game.

One of the most thought-provoking, knock-you-into-next-week, head-grabbing wake-up calls Johnny uses is SFT. I will leave what SFT means to your discovery should you decide to watch this film.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual CAP investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 90 out of 100
The only matters of violence/crime in the entire 99 minutes of the program is the car wreck and the reckless driving.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 63 out of 100
Here is where the "spike" of content appears. There are two uses of profanity. [Col. 3:8, Eph. 4:29] Luke's attitudinal meltdown involved a series of tantrums. [Isa. 13:11] In addition, Luke shows disrespect toward his father due to friction between the two which leads to a heated argument. [Exod. 20:12]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
There is nothing to even approach sexually immoral behavior or display in the entire film.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 97 out of 100
One of Luke's acquaintances spoke "More drinks for me tonight." That is all.

Offense to God (O) - 93 out of 100
God's name is abused once and then without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11] But using His name in vain without the four letter expletive is still using His name in vain. Luke and his friends are seen gambling once.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
There were no murders or suicides found.


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  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • Eph. 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
  • Isa. 13:11 I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.
  • Exod. 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. [Vain is shav {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Seven Days in Utopia (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 90 out of 100
  • reckless driving in anger
  • car wreck with injury

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 63 out of 100
  • tantrum, repeatedly
  • two uses of profanity
  • disrespect to father
  • heated argument
  • friction between father and son

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 97 out of 100
  • "More drinks for me tonight"

    Offense to God (O) - 93 out of 100
  • gambling
  • one use of God's name in vain

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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