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The Greatest Game Ever Played | 2005 | PG | - 1.3.3

Taking place around 1913, a young working class man dreams of one day playing golf, which he loves, but his father disapproves. They make a bet that if he does not qualify for a tournament he will give it up and "make something of himself." He loses the bet, but is convinced sometime later to try again, even though his father threatens to throw him out of their house. With Shia LaBeouf, Stephen Dillane, Justin Ashforth, Peter Firth and George Asprey. Directed by Bill Paxton. [1:55]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - Women wear low-cut evening dresses that reveal cleavage. A man kisses another man's hand.
 Men and women dance together at a dance. A young man admires a young woman from across a theater. A boy and a girl look at each other and smile.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man is hit hard in the head with a golf ball. A man punches a man in the face, and he falls on the floor and we see his nose bleeding. Several men fight in a bar scene.
 A man gets angry and throws his golf club, and a man breaks his golf club while playing badly. A man hits a golf ball that travels so fast that it tears a hole through a telephone directory.
 A man yells at another man. A man and his son argue in a few scenes. A man tells his son to move out of his family's house.
 A man is haunted by the memory of the four men who threw him and his family out of their home when he was a boy.
 A man steps in sheep droppings and scrapes it off his shoes with a golf club, and a boy then cleans the club off with a handkerchief. A man slurps oysters out of the shell and dribbles juice onto papers under him.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (jerk, dames, "your kind"), 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol at a dance, several men drink in a bar scene, a man drinks wine, and men drink and smoke (cigars, cigarettes and pipes) in several scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Golf, professional vs. amateur sports, class distinctions, goals, competition, truancy, limited opportunities for people with little means, working class heroes, love of the game, "knowing your place," parental pride, promises, etiquette, luck, patriotism.

MESSAGE - Really loving doing something is one of the strongest motivations in life.

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