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What is it about golf that makes it so easy to parody? Is it the stereotypical, rich businessmen that play? Is it the incredible boredom that comes from watching it on television? Is it the pants? While other sports, like basketball and boxing, have films that include Hoosiers and Raging Bull, golf's most notable cinematic treatments are Caddyshack and Happy Gilmore. Don't expect that to change anytime soon.

According to THR, Steve Carell has signed on to star in Missing Links, a golf comedy based on the novel of the same name by ESPN columnist Rick Reilly. Carell will play one of a group of buddies who, getting sick of a decrepit local course named worst in the country, discovers an incredible private course right next to theirs. A bet is then made to see which member of the group can sneak in a round of 18 (think American Pie with more plaid and dimpled balls).

Discounting Little Miss Sunshine, Carell's film career has kind of hit a stall since The 40 Year Old Virgin (can anyone say they really enjoyed Dan in Real Life or Evan Almighty?). Still, with constant work on The Office, he continues to prove that he is still one of the funniest actors working today. Missing Links, provided Carell is backed up by the right cast, has a lot of promise and Date Night, in which he is co-starring with Tina Fey, has been getting some positive buzz. It's time for him to step up and actually make an adult audience laugh again.

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