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'The Squeeze' golf-and-gambling caper tees off into a sand trap
'The Squeeze' golf-and-gambling caper tees off into a sand trap

The modest golf-and-gambling caper "The Squeeze" tees itself up for B-movie pleasures, only to replace charm with cookie-cutter. Writer-director Terry Jastrow introduces his small-town hero Augie (Jeremy Sumpter) — a young Southern golf prodigy with U.S. Open dreams, an insouciant sense of humor and a broken home life to escape — as if "Cocktail"-era Tom Cruise were still the ideal leading-man mold, and Sumpter is engaging enough to make it work. Even the first slather of hokum — the elegantly attired professional gambler Riverboat (an especially oily Christopher McDonald) and his coquettish wife (Katherine LaNasa), who lure Augie into a run of...

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