During his stay in Utopia, Luke learns about life and golf via activities such as painting (pictures, not houses), fly fishing, and more. Then there’s “cowboy poker” which—for those readers who don’t frequent rodeos—has nothing to do with playing cards. While all these adventures do improve Luke’s game, Johnny’s lessons take Luke on a faith journey designed to do more than lower his handicap. They lead directly to the biggest question of all: is winning the ultimate goal?

This is where Seven Days in Utopia veers away from the pop psychology of its predecessors. There’s a serious discussion about “What do you want people to say about you after you’re gone” and an effective object lesson on burying the past. While some evangelical viewers may find Johnny’s declaration that “God is all around us” a little too new age, take heart—the Bible makes an appearance and there’s a gospel message to come (though not spelled out in the film itself).

“How can a game have such an effect on a man’s soul?” That’s a question golfers have been asking for centuries. Seven Days in Utopia may not answer that exact question, but the film may very well have an effect on more than one man’s—or woman’s—soul.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol: Casual drinking, discussion of alcoholism and its effects.
  • Language/Profanity: He--, a fly-by insult referring to unnatural relationship with sheep.
  • Sex/Nudity: None.
  • Violence: Mostly committed on golf clubs, but there is a brief scuffle and several intense, angry conversations.
  • Spiritual Concerns: The film itself is more allegory than evangelistic, though it ends on a cliffhanger with an Internet link (cited in the end credits) that answers the hanging question and gives the gospel in the process.