The Legend of Bagger Vance

In this 2000 movie, Matt Damon plays Rannulph Junuh, a war veteran turned alcoholic from Georgia who must rebuild his golf skills to win a $10,000 tournament. Will Smith plays Bagger Vance, a man who mysteriously shows up to help Junuh with his game and life struggles.

The whole plot reeked of magical negro.

Throughout the movie, Bagger’s sole purpose seems to service Junuh’s success. Smith’s character barely got a background story or complex arc.

He could’ve left this one in the White Hollywood pile.


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