Trouble with the Curve (Rated PG-13)
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, and John Goodman
Directed by: Robert Lorenz
Synopsis: Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) has been a top baseball scout for decades, but age has caught up with him. He refuses to be benched for what could be the final innings of his career. The Atlanta Braves’ front office is questioning his judgment, especially with a hot batting phenom on deck for the draft. Enter Gus’s estranged daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), an ambitious attorney on the partner track who joins him on a scouting trip, jeopardizing her own career to save his. Justin Timberlake also stars as a rival scout with his sights set on a career in the announcer’s booth – and his eyes on Mickey.
My Thoughts: Clint Eastwood is back in front of the camera and still knocking them out of the park (get it?)! The plot was well-written and acted, at least as far as my baseball scouting knowledge goes. Someone with actual experience in that particular field may disagree, but who really cares? The majority of people watch a movie to be entertained, not necessarily for the accuracy of it all. The characters were realistic, I thought. I loved the lightheartedness that Justin Timberlake’s character, Johnny, brought to the story. His interactions with Mickey didn’t hurt either; they were just so cute trying to outwit each other. The relationship between Gus and Mickey was interesting to watch. It kind of reminded me of my dad (I think a lot of men from the Clint Eastwood era can relate/are very similar). I thought the overall message was an interesting choice in the world of instant gratification, sometimes the old school method of doing things works better. Technology isn’t always the right choice; gut feelings still have a place in today’s world. I don’t think they were wrong either. In the end, the character’s imperfections and banter sold me on Trouble with the Curve. There are no guns and explosions, but it’s still worth watching. I would definitely recommend Trouble with the Curve!
4 out of 5 Popcorn Buckets
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