Now for some drama films. First we have Little Loopers. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, a down on his luck guy is put in charge of a group of kids to teach them about a sport and they all learning something about life. We’ve seen it in The Mighty Ducks and The Bad News Bears and now we have the golf version. Yup that’s what this is about, a former golf pro who spiraled out of control must do community service and teach kids how to play golf. At first he makes them do chores and he ignored them, but like the Grinch, things change and everyone learns something. There’s nothing wrong with the movie, it’s a good family movie if anything, just don’t expect a single drop of originality.
Next we have Any Day. Again stop me if you’ve heard this before, an up and coming athlete (boxer) gets into a fight and goes to jail. He gets out of jail and finds it difficult to adapt to his new world. Sean Bean plays the boxer and he moves in with his sister (Kate Walsh), gets a job at a pizza joint owned by Tom Arnold and starts dating Eva Longoria. But as his life is starting to get on track, another dramatic event happens and Bean’s character must control his spiral again. It’s a movie we’ve seen before and it’s quite forgettable after you see it, but there’s nothing overly wrong with it either.
Third we have Freedom. The film stars Cuba Gooding, Jr. and William Sadler and is about the Underground Railroad. Cuba plays a slave trying to escape to Canada and this story is juxtaposed against a story 100 years in the past when slave ships first started coming to America. It’s a Dove Family Approved film so it’s safe to watch with your family. It’s a good history lesson for a younger generation that might not be learning enough history today.
Last we have No Way Jose. Adam Goldberg wrote, directed and stars as a guy who loses his fiancée after a secret from his past comes to light. It’s one of those “I’m almost 40, what am I doing with my life?” stories. I felt like I’ve seen it before (Adult Beginners), but Goldberg is quite good in it. It won’t wow people, but it’s also not trying to. It’s a simple indie film about figuring out life, figuring out relationships, seeing who your true friends are and starting all over again. Fans of Goldberg should really enjoy it, but like the previous movies in this article, don’t expect too much originality.