Date created: April 2010
Release date 2002
Duration 98 min
Producer(s) Scott Aversano, Ronald M. Bozman, Scott Rudin...more
Director(s) Roger Michell...more
Writer(s) Chap Taylor, Chap Taylor, Michael Tolkin...more
Cast Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson, Kim Staunton...more
It's like you go to the beach. You go down to the water. It's a little cold. You're not sure you want to go in. There's a pretty girl standing next to you. She doesn't want to go in either. She sees you, and you know that if you just asked her her name, you would leave with her. Forget your life, whoever you came with, and leave the beach with her. And after that day, you remember. Not every day, every week... she comes back to you. It's the memory of another life you could have had. Today is that girl.
What am I gonna do?
Well... there's this guy. He helps with things that need... helping out.
Like things. Like... getting people to do things you want them to do when they don't necessarily want to do them.
I hope you don't mind, but I was intrigued by your conversation. I just thought you were in advertising. So I want to give you my dream version of a Tiger Woods commercial, okay? There's this black guy on a golf course. And all these people are trying to get him to caddy for them, but he's not a caddy. He's just a guy trying to play a round of golf. And these guys give him a five-dollar bill and tell him to go the clubhouse and get them cigarettes and beer. So, off he goes, home, to his wife and to their little son, who he teaches to play golf. You see all the other little boys playing hopscotch while little Tiger practices on the putting green. You see all the other kids eating ice cream while Tiger practices hitting long balls in the rain while his father shows him how. And we fade up, to Tiger, winning four Grand Slams in a row, and becoming the greatest golfer to ever pick up a 9-iron. And we end on his father in the crowd, on the sidelines, and Tiger giving him the trophies. All because of a father's determination that no fat white man - like your fathers, probably - would ever send his son to the clubhouse for cigarettes and beer.
This is all a tightrope, you gotta learn to balance.
How can you live like that ?
I can live with myself... because at the end of the day I think I do more good than harm... what other standard have I got to judge by ?