HIT IT HARD

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(Gabe Spitzer, David Terry Fine, U. S.). 51 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNNN ESPN’s 30 For 30 brand pro­files its first golfer. That’s noth­ing to snooze at since the ath­lete in ques­tion is John Daly. He’s the mul­let-haired rock star who brought fan cul­ture to the sport af­ter win­ning the 1991 PGA Cham­pi­onship with his un­ortho­dox “grip it and rip it” swing. He’s also been fight­ing a long and hard bat­tle with al­co­holism and gam­bling, one of the rea­sons he’s filmed ped­dling mer­chan­dise in a Hoot­ers park­ing lot.

Plenty of talk­ing heads – some expert, some in­ti­mate – thought­fully look back at the hys­te­ria sur­round­ing Daly, but the film’s charm comes from the man him­self. He’s re­fresh­ingly can­did and hum­ble, re­fus­ing to tone down talk about his ad­dic­tions or blame any­one else for his mis­takes. RS Apr 28, 6:15 pm, TIFF 3; Apr 29, 3:30 pm, TIFF 2; May 5, 10 pm, Sco­tia­bank 13

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