Movie Review: Trouble With The Curve

Posted: September 26, 2012 in movie reviews, movies
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The Trouble with Trouble with the Curve (see what I did there?) was that it was predictable. You could see every plot turn coming from a mile away and the characters were mostly put in pedestrian and cliché scenarios.


Trouble With The Curve

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

Premise: Gus is the best baseball scout in the world. He is able to see instincts, attitude, and reactions rather than focusing on statistics like the men who are slowly taking over the scouting world with computers and modern technology. However, as the rest of the world seems to be younger, Gus is getting older and the reality of the situation is starting to sink in for him. He won’t be able to scout much longer if he can’t even see the player he’s scouting.  The only person who can help him save his job is his stubborn estranged daughter he abandoned when she was six after the death of their mother. The question is, will Mickey come to Gus’ aid putting her high power job on the line in order to reconnect with the one person she needs the most?

My Review: This film was at its strongest when the focus was on unpleasant and gruff Gus and bitter daughter Mickey. The dynamics between them were compelling and interesting and Clint Eastwood and Amy Adam’s have such great chemistry. Even when Eastwood was pretty much just growling at everyone and everything, Amy Adams was able to keep things grounded with her strong and stubborn performance as his bitter daughter. Adams just has this light about her that makes her appealing.

However, the romance subplot of the movie suffered from predictability and cliché writing. Mickey and junior scout Jonny Flanagan’s (Justin Timberlake) courtship was straight out of any rom-com. Skinny dipping? Seriously? That was the best they could come up with? I like seeing Justin Timberlake shirtless as much as the next person, but still, there were other ways to portray a budding romance. Also Justin Timberlake’s performance left a lot to be desired. I wish he would be able to play something else besides a cocky kid who thinks quite highly of himself. It would have been nice for him to play a role where he is humbled. And this would have been the role, only he came off more as a bratty teenager, then a grown man angry at a certain situation.

Overall, though this movie was entertaining, it would have been helped with better writing. And unfortunately, after seeing all the internet meme’s surrounding Clint Eastwood, I can never look at him the same again. It did have some strong moments that are worth checking out. Maybe check it out at an early matinee, but not as a date movie. You can do better than that.


Rating: 2 ½ stars (possibly 3) out of 5




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