Trouble With the Curve (12A)

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Drama

Amy Adams and Clint Eastwood in Trouble with the Curve

Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>2</span>/5

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>4</span>/5
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Time Out says

Posted: Thu Aug 23 2012

Curveballs play a central role in this baseball movie about an ageing half-blind talent scout, Gus Lobel, played by Clint Eastwood. What a shame then that its join-the-dots script is all straight lines. Gus is an instinctive old-timer at odds with the number-crunchers (guys like Brad Pitt in ‘Moneyball’) he thinks are ruining the game. On what may be his last schlep around the Carolina minor leagues, he’s got his sights on arrogant major-player Bo Gentry (Joe Massingill); but Gentry is also being sized up by inexperienced Boston Red Sox scout Johnny ‘The Flame’ Flanagan (Justin Timberlake) – an ex-player kicking his heels while he waits for a TV commentator’s job. Johnny has an eye on Gus’s daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) too, a hotshot lawyer who’s risking a lucrative partnership and a text-book marriage to baby-sit her grouchy, long-widowed dad. Heavy-hitters Eastwood and Adams do the best they can with the cornball sentimentality and cheesy dialogue, but first-time director Robert Lorenz merely photographs the on- and off-field action. Give it a pass.
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Rated:

12A

UK release:

Fri Nov 30, 2012

Duration:

111 mins

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TRUTHTELLER.

The reviewer is way off on this film. It's a well acted drama centered around baseball but dealing much more with personal drama. It's not the kind of movie that critics don't like because it is indeed a "feelgood" movie with the sole intention of entertaining you. As Christmas approaches, "feelgood" movies feel good so why not?

john o sullivan

critics were very unfair on this film is it because middle class liberals men don't want to contemplate glaucoma or prostate problems?? also if Clint directed this there would be less of the join the dots criticism i enjoyed it... well acted ,snappily written and well directed And 3 big reasons too see this Any sings Amy clog dances And Amy hits a home run

Ian

This is a lot better than the review would make you think. Ok the story isn't the most original of the parent and child separated and both emotionally wounded by the separation. Cue a relatively by the numbers script that hits home on the simple adage that modern technology and new ways don't always beat the human touch. Yes it is cliched and yes the ending is clear quite a long way off but Adams and Eastwood make the most of what the script offers in what is a simple but effective story. Well worth a view of what is an uplifting and pleasantly diverting film. A good 3 star 7 out of ten film.

long cat

Great Clint Eastwood drama with great Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake shining brilliantly in the baseball related heartwarming movie. Eastwood's portrayal of an aging talent scout shows wonerfully how an older person faces up to aging (we all will face it) and Amy Adams this time as a serious actress portrays |Eastwood;s character's estranged daughter is poetry in motion. Wonderful feelgood movie that moved my to tears as I can relate to it.

long cat

Great Clint Eastwood drama with great Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake shining brilliantly in the baseball related heartwarming movie. Eastwood's portrayal of an aging talent scout shows wonerfully how an older person faces up to aging (we all will face it) and Amy Adams this time as a serious actress portrays |Eastwood;s character's estranged daughter is poetry in motion. Wonderful feelgood movie that moved my to tears as I can relate to it.