Trouble With The Curve

  • Year:2012
  • Rating:M
  • Director:Robert Lorenz
  • Cast:Amy Adams, Clint Eastwood, Scott Eastwood, John Goodman, Matthew Lillard, Justin Timberlake
  • Release Date:December 06, 2012
  • Distributor:Roadshow
  • Running time:111 minutes
  • Film Worth:$18.50
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A classy old school character drama that dips into sentimentality in its final stages, but remains first-rate in every other aspect.

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Trouble With The Curve opens with Clint Eastwood – enduring one of the great indignities of old age – struggling like buggery to take a piss. It’s a revealing scene, in more ways than one. While the likes of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger continue to belie their advancing years with increasingly unlikely action roles, the admittedly considerably older Clint Eastwood has never shied away from the fact that he’s in his twilight years. But while the great Gran Torino suggested it, Trouble With The Curve states it in no uncertain terms.

In this warm and deeply moving drama, Eastwood is veteran baseball scout, Gus Lobel, a relic in a not-so-brave-new-world of computerised performance analysis. Slowly going blind, and becoming increasingly marginalised by team management, Gus is joined on a vital scouting trip by his lawyer daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), which will make or break his shaky career, and bring their difficult relationship to a head.

Almost admirable for its lack of anything resembling flash or pizazz, Trouble With The Curve is a straight-up, old school character drama, courtesy of debut screenwriter, Randy Brown, and first time director, Robert Lorenz, a longtime producer for Eastwood. And while he ultimately succumbs to the kind of sentimentality that his mentor has so rigorously avoided, the impressive Lorenz proves to be a sensitive filmmaker with an obvious facility for working with actors: Eastwood delivers one of his most vulnerable performances ever; Amy Adams is right on-point as the plucky but wounded Mickey; Justin Timberlake is richly engaging as her nice guy suitor; and Matthew Lillard is appropriately loathsome as the villain of the piece. Deliberately paced, richly characterised, and dotted with punchy humour, Trouble With The Curve is a rare delight. 

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