THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN is a delightful and funny film that keeps viewers inspired throughout the story. There is a beautiful chemistry and an ideal marriage between Maurice and Jean, played to perfection by Mark Rylance and Sally Hawkins. Both offer excellent performance. The film contains strong pro-life and pro-family messages. There are also great conservative messages about hard work, perseverance, and the pursuit of happiness against all odds. However, PHANTOM OF THE OPEN is tainted with a lot of foul language, including several strong obscenities and profanity. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong or even extreme caution.
Dominant worldview and other worldview content/elements:
Very strong moral, pro-family and pro-life worldview with strong conservative messages emphasizing hard work, perseverance and the pursuit of happiness
Nineteen obscenities (including two “f” words), two profanities of Jesus, two light profanities, some vulgarities such as the word whore, and an obscene gesture
Figures are hit by golf balls or clubs, people carry a coffin and images of WWII bombs are dropped
The main character has a child out of wedlock, and a married couple kiss affectionately
Alcohol consumption :
Yes, some scotch and beer drinking scenes
Smoking and/or drug use and abuse:
There are several scenes where the main characters smoke, but there are no drugs; and,
A boy is embarrassed by his hard-working father.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN is a hilarious and uplifting film based on the true story of dreamy Maurice Flitcroft, a licensed shipyard crane operator, and his entry into the 1976 British Open Golf Championship qualifier without ever having played a single game of golf. Flying in the face of the snobbery and exclusivity that often surrounds the game of golf, wonderful blue-collar family man Maurice pursues his dream of being a championship golfer, while the entire age-old “country club” establishment of the high crust tries to stop him. There is a fair amount of profanity, including the use of the Lord’s name in vain, and some “f” words, and drinking and smoking. Thus, extreme caution is recommended.
Maurice Flitcroft grows up in a small blue-collar town in England, where he learns that his station in life is to work hard labor until he dies. During World War II, he was sent to Scotland for protection. While in Scotland, Maurice was exposed to high society. He learns the concept of chasing dreams.
The war is over, but Maurice’s dreams remain, along with his eternal optimism. Back in his small blue-collar community, Maurice conscientiously takes his place as a crane operator at the shipyard. He meets the love of his life, Jean. When he proposes marriage, Jean reveals that she has a fatherless son out of wedlock. Maurice assures him that the boy now has a father. He is committed to caring for his family with strength, hard work, patience and personal sacrifice. The couple have two more twins while Maurice heroically raises his family to pursue their dreams.
Years later, the twins become traveling disco dancers. The eldest son becomes director of the shipyard. The restructuring leaves Maurice on the brink of dismissal. His grateful wife lovingly convinces Maurice that it’s time for him to follow his own dreams. However, the nearly 50-year-old has long since forgotten all the dreams he had for himself. In the middle of the night, he comes across a game of golf. He was mistakenly accepted as a professional competitor during the British Open Golf Championship qualifier without ever playing a round of golf.
The snobbish establishment tries to pressure him into resigning in order to spare themselves any embarrassment. However, Maurice is sure his ship has arrived, and he continues. A journalist picks up his story. He is dubbed the “worst golfer in the world” to ever play. Maurice unwittingly becomes the representation of all those excluded from high society. High society golfers push him away by banning him from every golf course in the country so he can’t qualify for other championships, at least not under his own name.
Maurice plays under a pseudonym but gets arrested. Is that enough to stop a dreaming man?
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN is a delightful and funny film that keeps viewers inspired throughout the story. There is a beautiful chemistry and an ideal marriage between Maurice and Jean, played to perfection by Mark Rylance and Sally Hawkins. Both offer excellent performance. The film contains strong pro-life and pro-family messages. There are also great conservative messages about hard work and the pursuit of happiness against the odds. However, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN is tainted with a lot of foul language, including several strong obscenities and profanity. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong or even extreme caution.
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