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Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) has been one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but, despite his efforts to hide it, age is starting to catch up with him. Nevertheless, Gus refuses to be benched for what could be the final innings of his career. He may not have a choice. The front office of the Atlanta Braves is starting to question his judgment, especially with the country's hottest batting phenom on deck for the draft. The one person who might be able to help is also the one person Gus would never ask: his daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), an associate at a high powered Atlanta law firm whose drive and ambition has put her on the fast track to becoming partner. Mickey joins him on his latest scouting trip to North Carolina, jeopardizing her own career to save his. Forced to spend time together for the first time in years, each makes new discoveries, revealing long held truths about their past and present that could change their future.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 170
- Fresh: 87
- Rotten: 83
- Average Rating: 5.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Lorenz ... lays in everything methodically, fully, but without much invention or energy; you can imagine each plot development ten minutes before it arrives.
Rotten: This isn't the worst performance Eastwood has given in his 57-year career, but it's his least inspired in about a decade.
Fresh: [There] are powerful scenes, not because of what we've invested in this pleasant film, but what we've invested in Eastwood.
Fresh: Trouble With the Curve" is a solid double down the line.
A PREDICTABLE, BUT SOLID BASEBALL DRAMA
For what it's worth, "Trouble With the Curve" is a modestly enjoyable sports film. It greatly benefits from the natural likability of its lead stars, as well as some genuinely touching moments. Though at the same time, it tends to wear itself thin with a well-worn plot that feels all too familiar. The story follows Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood), an aging baseball scout for the Atlanta Braves who's losing both his sight and his preternatural gift for judging talent. When the team hopes to secure a hotshot prospect in the draft, Gus' daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) decides to join him on a trip to scout the player, mending their frayed relationship in the process. It's been four years since we last saw Eastwood in front of the screen, and with this movie, he still shows no signs of slowing down as an actor. Granted, it's far from the most memorable role he's ever played, but with his grizzled charisma and deadpan comedic delivery, Eastwood keeps the film consistently entertaining all the way through. His charming chemistry with co-star Adams is also a treat to watch. They both act like a real father and daughter would, and their discomforting personal conversations are as heartfelt as they are poignant. Adams and Timberlake's characters also share a close connection in the film, but their "romantic relationship" never goes anywhere, resulting in some awkwardly underwhelming scenes. Although on his own, Timberlake makes for an excellent addition to the cast. John Goodman does a great job as well, though it would've been nice if he appeared in the movie more often than he did. Overall, the acting is impressive, and so is the heartwarming message of the story, but "Trouble with the Curve" still feels like a near-miss due to its disjointed narrative and predictable plot points. If you're in the mood for some warm, feel-good entertainment with a talented cast, then look no further. It may not reach the same heights as last year's "Moneyball", but this Eastwood film is worth watching at least once.
Greatest movie ever
Have new found respect for Eastwood
By the time the sweetness arrives at the end, you hate Eastwood and want to avoid Timberlake at all costs. Timberlake cannot act. How does he keep getting roles. The movie was not enjoyable, inspiring or riveting.