Trouble with the Curve (12a)
Directed by: Robert Lorenz
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman
Running time: 111mins
An ailing baseball scout in his twilight years takes his daughter along for one last recruiting trip.
Gus (Eastwood) is a veteran baseball scout with failing eyesight and a career that has been in a slump for a long time, but he is effectively given one last chance to secure the signing of a promising young hitter.
Sadly though, his best friend and colleague, Pete Klein (Goodman), notices something is wrong that Gus himself chooses to ignore it. Peter then contacts Gus’ daughter, Mickey ( Adams), who reluctantly accompanies her father on one last road trip to not only help her father in his career, but maybe get closure to certain issues in her own life.
Trouble with the Curve is a charming film that, although heavily steeped in baseball analogies, also has some touching and tender moments. Clint Eastwood has no problem playing the crotchety baseball coach who shuns technology and all of its forms. Sadly though, his curtness and, at times, downright ignorance, gets a little thin with the audience and by the end you may find it hard to have sympathy for him, but you definitely will have for those around him.
Amy Adams as the daughter is quite delightful on the screen. Portraying a character who has a number of issues with her father but who is also lacking the recognition she craves from her career, comes across very well.
The dialogue though at times touching, is a little too heavily laced with baseball terminologies. As this is a baseball movie, I can understand the need for such, but for the ordinary cinema-goer who does not follow baseball, these terms and meanings are completely alien.
That said, Trouble with the Curve is still an enjoyable film with interesting characters. Though the plot may be a little telegraphed in in some places, and the dialogue too full of stats and baseball terms, this is still a charming film, and certainly one to add to Clint Eastwood’s long list of notable credits.