Review: Trouble With The Curve

Review 2012 by RD Clark

 

Title

Trouble With The Curve

Written by: Randy Brown

Directed by: Robert Lorenz

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake,

Rated PG-13
Running time: 111 Mins

A legendary baseball scout (Eastwood) is starting to lose his eyesight; he trips over his own furniture and has trouble getting his car out of the garage. Always a bit crusty, he gets more irritable by the day. When he is sent to scout a minor league player in North Carolina, his daughter, a lawyer with better things to do, (Adams) follows him, to make sure he’s OK. While there, they run into a washed-up player, trying to make it as a scout (Timberlake).

This could have been a pretty average movie; luckily, the performances rescued it, especially Eastwood and Timberlake, with a good dose of John Goodman. I loved Amy Adams here; a chancy role that could have been wasted, but she was perfect for the part.
The movie meandered a bit in the first third, but got its feet under it soon enough to keep it interesting. I thought Eastwood’s Gus was maybe a bit overwritten with hostility, but maybe that’s just me.

Good date movie. You’ll feel good walking out and will probably get lucky, so go for it. No post credit scenes, so get to the bathroom and get rid of the beer / soda / water you rented.

Flytrap rating: 7 / 10

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