Steve Carell on Par for Rick Reilly Golf Comedy 'Missing Links'
by Ethan Anderton
October 26, 2009
While I admit that I do still love the curly haired comedic force that is Will Ferrell, his recent foray into nonsensical off-the-wall sports comedies (e.g. Semi-Pro) is beginning to lose its appeal. Thankfully he's moved on and seems to be passing the reins over to Steve Carell, as THR's Risky Biz Blog reports that the actor will star and produce Missing Links, a comedy set in the world of golf about a player angling for a better place to drive his balls. Okay that sounded dirty, but we've all seen 40-Year-Old Virgin so I think we can handle it. Writer Jay Lavender (The Break-Up) adapted the script from a novel by ESPN’s Rick Reilly.
More specifically, Reilly's novel "tells of a group of bumblers who, after playing for years at a run-down municipal golf course in a working-class Boston neighborhood, concoct a series of schemes that they hope will lead to them teeing off at a nearby elite club." Reilly is no stranger to the sports film as he's responsible for co-writing the George Clooney directed football period picture Leatherheads, which was quite charming in its own right, despite performing fairly poorly at the box office in 2008. Risky Biz also points out exactly what I was thinking in that there seems to be only one great golf comedy every decade for the past 30 years.
The 80's brought us Caddyshack, the 90's brought us Happy Gilmore, and coming up we've got both Ron Shelton's Q School and Missing Links on their way. I'm sure we'll see a great golf comedy this decade, too.