Trouble With The Curve

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Robert Lorenz has been both an assistant director and a producer for Clint Eastwood for many years. Now, for the first time, he takes the role of director in the drama, Trouble With The Curve. Gus (Clint Eastwood) is a baseball scout for the Atlanta Braves who has trouble seeing the baseball and learns he is loosing his sight. (That’s not so bad – I couldn’t see Clint Eastwood!) Gus is asked to scout a potential number one pick, but since he is having trouble with his eyesight his boss and friend Pete Klein (John Goodman) tells Gus’s estranged daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) about the situation. Mickey, who also loves baseball, takes time off from her job as an attorney and goes on the recruiting trip with Gus. While helping her dad – and yes, also fighting with him about the past – Mickey meets an injured baseball pitcher-turned-scout named Johnny (Justin Timberlake) and sparks begin to fly. (No, he doesn’t make it past first base in this PG13 film.) This is the first film in which Clint Eastwood starred, that he has not directed since 1993. All performances were fantastic and Clint Eastwood is still at the top of his acting game. The movie has heart, humor, and even some emotional depth. There are a few scenes that are formulaic and one in particular has Timberlake and Adams almost skinning dipping – that was a little far out. Yes, it is predictable, but that doesn’t matter when the film is as well made as this. If you like Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, and baseball, this is your film. I love all three and I’m giving it a B rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.