Tin Cup [1996]

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
One of the better romantic comedies of the 1990s, this quirky love story stars Kevin Costner as washed-up golf pro Roy "Tin Cup" McAvoy, who has the singular misfortune of falling in love with the girlfriend (Rene Russo) of his arch rival (Don Johnson). Although he is inspired to re-ignite his golf career, challenge his opponent in the U.S. Open, and win the affection of the woman of his dreams, McAvoy has just one flaw: he's a show off when he should just focus on playing the game. Reunited with his Bull Durham writer-director Ron Shelton, Costner fits into his role like a favorite pair of shoes, and costar Cheech Marin scores a memorable scene-stealing comeback as McAvoy's best buddy, Romeo Posar. Mixing his love of sports with his flair for fresh, comedic dialogue, Shelton takes this enjoyable movie down unexpected detours (although some may find it a bit too long), and his characters are delightfully unpredictable. --Jeff Shannon

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Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy:
Okay, so how do I do it? Therapy, I mean, I mean, wh-- how do I start doing it?

Dr. Molly Griswold:
Ooo-kay, Roy. Well, in parlance you might understand, just kick back and let the big dog eat.

Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy:
Suppose there's this guy, and he's standing on the shore of a big wide river, and the... river's full of all manner of disaster, you know, piranhas, alligators, eddies, currents, shit like that... nobody'll even go down there to dip a toe. And on the other side of the river's a million bucks, and on this side of the river... is a rowboat.

Dr. Molly Griswold:
Mm-hmm?

Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy:
I guess my question's this: What would possess the guy standing on the shore to swim for it?

Dr. Molly Griswold:
He is an idiot.

Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy:
No, see, he's a helluva swimmer. His problem's more like why does he always have to... rise to the challenge?

Dr. Molly Griswold:
He is a juvenile idiot.

Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy:
You don't understand what I mean by the river.

Dr. Molly Griswold:
Roy, we're talking about you, and what you like to call your inner demons -- that human frailty you like to blather about -- not some mythopoetic metaphor you come up with in a... feeble and transparent effort to do yourself credit.

Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy:
You mean you're going to make me feel lousy?

Dr. Molly Griswold:
No.

Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy:
I came here to feel better. I mean, what kind of therapy is...

Dr. Molly Griswold:
Roy, Roy, Roy, you don't have any inner demons. What you have is inner crapola, inner debris... garbage... loose wires, a few...

Dr. Molly Griswold:
horseshit in staggering amounts.

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